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  • 1. Tellus 4 The figures behind NI 115 – Substance Misuse amongst Young People
  • 2. Key Messages - Alcohol
    • Half of children and young people said that they had never had an alcoholic drink and the majority of those who had, did not get drunk regularly.
  • 3. Number of times young people have been drunk in the last 4 weeks Sample: 245,195
  • 4. Key Messages - Alcohol
    • Around a third of those who had drunk alcohol, had been drunk in the previous four weeks.
  • 5. Number of times young people who had tried alcohol had been drunk in the last 4 weeks Sample: 96,520
  • 6. Key Messages - Alcohol
    • Alcohol use increased with age and was less likely among those of Asian or Black ethnicity than overall.
  • 7.
    • 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.
  • 8. Young People’s use of alcohol by ethnic identification (%)
  • 9. Key messages - Smoking
    • The majority of children and young people had never smoked or had only done so once.
  • 10. Children and young people’s experience of smoking Sample: 243,316
  • 11. Key Messages - Drugs
    • Only a minority of young people had used drugs and, where they had, this was most commonly cannabis or skunk.
  • 12. Young people’s experience of drug taking: all young people
  • 13. Young people’s experience of drug taking: those who said that they had taken drugs
  • 14. Key Messages - Drugs
    • The proportions of children and young people using drugs and smoking both increased with age.
  • 15. Key Messages - Drugs
    • 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.
  • 16. Year 10 reflections on drug advice in school
  • 17. Advice received in school about drugs by young people in Year 10
  • 18. Key Messages – Positive Activities
    • nine per cent of those involved in positive activities had used illicit substances, compared to 13 per cent of those who had not participated in positive activities
  • 19. Key Messages – Positive Activities
    • those who were negative about the quality and quantity of activities available on Friday and Saturday nights were more likely to have been drunk and taken drugs.