Drug Education News

News and views from the Drug Education Forum

links for 2009-07-24

  • Rates of drug use and drinking are continuing to fall among young teenagers, annual NHS figures show.

    The proportion of 8,000 11-to-15-year-olds surveyed who have never drunk alcohol rose slightly to 48% in 2008.

    (tags: sdd alcohol)
  • “I am pleased that today’s statistics show a continued decline in the number of young people drinking alcohol, however it is disappointing to see that those who choose to drink, are drinking more than last year. The statistics and the findings from the consultation show that the Government is on the right track with our guidelines and information for parents and young people. The consultation showed that there is a need for clear and concise guidance to help young people make an informed decision about the consumption of alcohol.
    (tags: alcohol sdd)
  • A similar picture exists for young people aged 16 to 24. The increase in the use of class A drugs was more marked, rising from 6.9% to 8.1% of the age group. But cannabis use – which accounts for 84% of drug use by young people – remained stable, consolidating the long-term gradual decline. The most significant other drugs were cocaine, amyl nitrate (used by 4.4%) and ecstasy (also used by 4.4%).
    (tags: BCS)
  • Among people aged 16 to 24-years-old, the use of any illicit drug fell from almost 30% of the group in 1996 to 23% in the last year.

    While long-term use of Class A drugs remains stable, among under-24s there was a rise from 6.9% to 8.1% last year.

    (tags: BCS)
  • The amount that children binge drink has more than doubled over the past 20 years.

    Official figures reveal that children aged between 11 to 15 who drink knock back the equivalent of more than a pint of beer every single night – some 14.6 units a week.

    (tags: sdd)
  • A third of children aged 11 to 15 who drink, consume more than 15 units in a week, the equivalent of seven pints of lager or one and a half bottles of average strength wine.
    (tags: sdd)

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