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

DescriptionThe 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.
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateOctober 25, 2016


A National Statistics Publication for ScotlandNational Statistics logo

ISBN 978 1 78652 528 4 (Web only publication)
PPDAS 80895


An errata was published on 10th November 2016 at the following pdf pages:

Page 7 - Age of First Substance Use
Figure 7 has been updated.

Page 11 - Consequences: Immediate Impact of Alcohol and Drugs
Text has been updated to read: There has been no change in the proportion of pupils who have experienced negative effects due to either alcohol or drugs between 2013 and 2015 with the exception of a small increase among 13 year old girls (44% in 2013 to 48% in 2015).

Page 14 - Education
Text has been updated to read: Close to two-thirds of pupils

Page 21 - Risk Factors: Deprivation
Text has been updated to read: Area deprivation was not linked with drinking among 15 year olds. There were some differences in 13 year olds drinking by SIMD, but the relationship was not clear cut.

The pdf and html have both been updated within the document to reflect these changes.

This document is also available in pdf format (3.1MB)



Survey Background

Methods and Notes on Interpretation

About the Survey

Key Prevalence Measures

Prevalence Over Time

Those Not Taking Substances

Multiple Substance Use

Age of First Substance Use


Types of Drugs Used

Sources and Availability

Consequences: Immediate Impact of Alcohol and Drugs

Attitudes to Substance Use

Giving Up Smoking and Drugs


Perceptions of the Risks of Substance Use

Confidence About Making Choices

Risk Factors