Tomorrow we’re launching the evaluation from the Street Talk project we’ve been running with Addaction.
Here are some of the key findings.
Of 2,196 young people who were screened, 71% had used alcohol, 39% had smoked cannabis and 9% had used another drug to ‘get high’ in the last 12 months.
Just over a third (35%) had used more than one substance within the last 12 months.
The next step was to identify those eligible to receive the brief intervention.
Almost three-quarters of these young people were considered to be at some level of risk, and almost two-thirds to be at high or severe risk.
Almost half admitted to getting in trouble whilst using substance(s), and 43% disclosed that family and/or friends had expressed a concern that they should cut down on alcohol and/or drug use.
Of those who received the intervention, more than two-thirds said that their knowledge (72%) and confidence (71%) in making informed decisions about safer levels and methods of alcohol and drug use had increased.
Intention to change behaviour
Following the intervention, the vast majority of young people demonstrated a positive intention to change behaviour
The full evaluation of the project will be published on our website tomorrow.