A recent survey
found that 24% of 11-15 year-olds had consumed
alcohol in the previous week. This ranged from 5% of
11-year olds to 47% of 15 year-olds.
In 2002 10% of 11-15
year-olds in England said that they smoked regularly,
though prevalence is strongly related to age. Only 1%
of 11 year-olds were regular smokers (i.e. smoking at
least one cigarette a week) compared with 23% of 15
Research shows that
31% of 15 year-olds reported using cannabis in 2002.
Responsible for more
deaths in young people aged 10-16 in England and
Wales than illegal drugs
, much of it is
hidden, although 6% of pupils aged 11-15 reported
sniffing a volatile substance in 2002.
The use of Class A
drugs in young people aged 11-15 years-old is low,
with 4% reporting having used a class A drug in 2002.
However, only 1% of 11year-olds report taking a class
A drug in the last year compared with 8% of 15