In 2022, the majority of young people aged 17 to 22 years reported that they had not smoked cigarettes (86.0%) or used cannabis and other drugs (88.8%) in the previous 7 days.
In terms of alcohol consumption in the previous 7 days:
- 47.2% reported they had not drunk alcohol
- 42.4% said they had drunk alcohol on 1 to 3 days
- 6.8% said they had drunk alcohol on 4 to 5 days
- 3.6% had drunk alcohol on 6 or 7 days
Therefore, 52.8% of 17 to 22 year olds had drunk alcohol on at least 1 day in the previous 7 days.
In terms of gambling online in the previous 7 days:
- 94.2% said they had not gambled online at all
- 5.1% reported gambling online on 1 to 3 days
- 0.5% had gambled on 4 to 5 days
- 0.2% had gambled on 6 or 7 days
Therefore, 5.8% of 17 to 22 year olds had gambled money online at least once in the previous 7 days.
Rates of substance use were similar in young men and young women, but young men (8.7%) were more likely than young women (2.6%) to report having gambled with money online at least once in the past 7 days.
Young people with a probable mental disorder were less likely to say they had not smoked in the previous 7 days (77.0%) than those unlikely to have a mental disorder (91.1%).
There were no statistically significant differences between rates in 2020, 2021 and 2022 in this age group for any of the behaviours examined with 1 exception. The proportion of young people who had not drunk alcohol at all in the previous 7 days was higher in 2021 than in 2022. In 2021, 56.7% of young people had not drunk alcohol in the previous 7 days, compared with 47.2% in 2022. However, figures for 2022 were similar to those for 2020.
For more information see: Table 2.3 of the Excel data tables.