December 14, 2012

LATEST AUSTRALIAN YOUTH DRUG STATISTICS RELEASED

The most recent "Australian Secondary School Students' Use of Tobacco, Alcohol and Over-the counter and Illicit Substances in 2011" report has been published.  This report is considered the largest of its kind focused specifically on young people aged 12 - 17.  The 2011 study was completed by just under 25 000 students across Australia.  A number of findings from this study are of interest.  Cigarette smoking remains low, with reductions amongst the 12-15 year old age range, with smoking rates in 16-17 year olds remained stable.  The proportion of young people who have ever consumed alcohol decreased, while the number of young people consuming alcohol at risky levels appeared to be stable.

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