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Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People in England 2018 [NS]

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Geographic coverage:
England
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Regions
Date range:
01 Jan 2018 to 31 Dec 2018

Summary

This report contains results from a biennial survey of secondary school pupils in England in years 7 to 11 (mostly aged 11 to 15), focusing on smoking, drinking and drug use. It covers a range of topics including prevalence, habits, attitudes, and for the first time in 2018, wellbeing.

It includes this summary report showing key findings, excel tables with more detailed outcomes, technical appendices and a data quality statement. An anonymised record level file of the underlying data on which users can carry out their own analysis will be made available via the UK Data Service later in 2019 (see link below).

This release has been delayed from the pre-announced publication date of 25th July 2019, due to operational reasons.

Key facts

Based on the 2018 survey:

Image for infographic 16% of pupils had ever smoked cigarettes
16% of pupils had ever smoked cigarettes

Down from 19% in 2016, and 49% in 1996

Image for infographic 10% of pupils said they had drunk alcohol in the last week
10% of pupils said they had drunk alcohol in the last week

This varied from 2% of 11 year olds and 3% of 12 year olds, to 23% of 15 year olds

Image for infographic 24% of pupils reported they had ever taken drugs
24% of pupils reported they had ever taken drugs

This varied from 9% of 11 year olds, to 38% of 15 year olds

Image for infographic 40% of recent smokers reported low life satisfaction nowadays
40% of recent smokers reported low life satisfaction nowadays

This compares to 18% for all pupils

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Last edited: 23 September 2019 7:40 am