The National Health Service (NHS) produce statistics for tobacco, alcohol and drug consumption for 11-15 years olds called “Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England in 2010.” The statistics are revealing. It appears that more 11-15s take plain packaged drugs than smoke.
“In 2010, the key survey estimates for 11 to 15 year olds in England included the following:
• 5% of pupils were regular smokers, equivalent to around 150,000 young people (CI=130,000-170,000)
• 13% had drunk alcohol in the last week, equivalent to around 400,000 young people (CI=370,000-430,000)
• 12% had taken drugs (including volatile substances) in the last year, equivalent to around 380,000 young people (CI=350,000-410,000)
• 7% had taken drugs in the last month, equivalent to around 200,000 young people (CI=180,000-230,000)