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Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS): National Overview 2015

Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS): National Overview 2015

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

ISBN: 9781786525284

The SALSUS 2015: National Overview report provides an overview of prevalence of smoking, drinking and drug use in 2015 and the trends over time. It also looks at the risk factors and protective factors associated with substance use, sources of substances, attitudes towards substance use, and views on the support provided by schools.

Executive Summary

Key prevalence measures:

Substance use prevalence has remained largely stable since 2013, but it remains the case that prevalence has declined considerably over the last couple of decades.

Among 13 year olds, prevalence of use across all three substances has remained unchanged since 2013, but there were some differences among 15 year olds.

Drinking in the last week remains more common than smoking regularly or having used drugs in the last month.

A large majority of pupils do not take any substances regularly, 80% of 15 year olds and 95% of 13 year olds.

A small proportion, however, do take all three substances (not simultaneous use) regularly, 2% of 15 year olds and less than 1% of 13 year olds.