Please note that Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England in 2008, originally published on 23rd July 2009, has been slightly amended on 14th January 2010 in order to correct an error in the data for the year 1994 in Table 3.1.
The correct figures (and old figures) for 1994 are:
- Boys 62 per cent (66 per cent)
- Girls 60 per cent (65 per cent)
- Total 61 per cent (65 per cent).
The bases have also changed slightly, to 1,508 (from 1,509), 1,510 (from 1,511) and 3,018 (from 3,020) respectively.
More recent figures are unaffected. The hard copy of the report that is in circulation has always contained the correct data.
The NHS Information Centre apologises for any inconvenience caused.
This report contains results from an annual survey of secondary school pupils in years 7 to 11 (mostly aged 11 to 15). 7,798 pupils in 264 schools in England completed questionnaires in the autumn term of 2008.
The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) carried out the survey on behalf of The NHS Information Centre for health and social care and Home Office; The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) also has an interest in the statistics. This is the most recent survey in a series that began in 1982. Each survey since 1998 has included a core set of questions on smoking, drinking and drug use and, since 2000, the remainder of the questions have focused in alternate years on smoking and drinking or on drug taking. The emphasis of the 2008 survey is on smoking and drinking.
The survey report presents information on the percentage of pupils who have ever smoked, tried alcohol or taken drugs. The report explores the attitudes and beliefs of school children towards smoking and drinking and where children obtain cigarettes and alcohol. Relationships between smoking, drinking and drug use are explored along with the links between smoking, drinking and drug use with other factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, previous truancy or exclusion, and school policies in these areas.