The findings of the 2011 ESPAD survey of 15-16 year olds has just been published, covering 36 countries . Unfortunately, since only six schools in the UK completed the survey, the authors warn that it is not possible to draw firm conclusions about trends among the UK’s young people. However, comparing the data to 2007, as in the graph below, shows that 2011’s results are not dramatically different: our teenagers are drinking more than the European average, smoking less, and are slightly more likely to use cannabis.
UK data and average across all countries for 2011 and 2007
I also noticed a graph which shows the link between poly drug use (‘drugs’ including alcohol and tobacco) and getting into trouble of one form or another: