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Good and bad news in latest #lifestyle reports and surveys

Another in the ‘spoiling the weekend’ series….

Good and bad news in the latest statistics on alcohol, drugs and tobacco consumption.

Pensioners are now almost twice as likely as students to drink at home every day.

Almost one in five over-65s drink alcohol at home every day and 42 per cent do so several times a week.

By contrast just over one in 10 people aged 18 to 24 indulge in a daily drink at home and less than a third do so twice a week or more and in another survey a quarter of the people surveyed said they had cut back on the amount they drink at home or in public in the last year. It suggests that both health messages and a desire to save money are affecting alcohol sales.

There is even better news for young people. Schoolchildren 11-15 report that they are smoking, drinking and taking drugs less than those of a similar age 10 years ago.

Regular drug takers – those aged between 11 and 15 who used drugs in the past month – went down from 12 per cent to 6 per cent over the decade. Cannabis use was recorded by 13.3 per cent of pupils in 2003 but only 7 per cent last year.

A decade ago, 9 per cent of pupils smoked once a week. However in 2013, 3 per cent of pupils reported smoking a weekly cigarette, the lowest level recorded in 30 years.

And a similar pattern applied to drinking habits. A quarter of pupils had drunk alcohol in the past week when the questionnaire was answered in 2003 – last year it was fewer than one in ten, 9 per cent.

Whilst this is encouraging there is no room for complacency and there is still a significant minority of young people at serious risk from their lifestyle choices.

Drugs still pose a risk to vulnerable young people. It said: ‘Young people who use drugs run the risk of damage to mental health including suicide, depression, psychotic symptoms and disruptive behaviour disorders.’

Lifelong smokers still stand a 50:50 chance of dying early and drinking.



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About Paul Hooper, WCC (575 Articles)
Group Manager: Community Safety and Substance Misuse
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