While four per cent of those in Year 6 reported that they had been drunk at least once recently, this was the case for 11 per cent of those in Year 8 and increased to 29 per cent of those in Year 10. In considering these findings, it is worth noting that this reflects children and young peoples’ own assessment of what it is to be drunk and also their self-reported evidence of whether this was the case. There may, therefore, be some over-reporting.
Young People’s use of alcohol by ethnic identification (%)
While nine per cent of young people in Years 8 and 10 had used drugs overall, the proportion was greater (11 per cent) among those who said they had not received advice about drugs and greater still (14 per cent) among those who received advice which they said was not helpful.