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Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS): Alcohol Report 2015

DescriptionThis report presents the alcohol findings from the 2015 wave of the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS).
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateOctober 25, 2016


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A National Statistics Publication for Scotland

ISBN 978 1 78652 532 1 (web only publication)
PPDAS 80911

This document is also available in pdf format (3.5 MB)


An erratum was published on 1 November 2016 at pdf page ii, section Attitudes to alcohol use.

Text has been updated to read: There has been no change between 2013 and 2015 among 13 year olds, and a small decrease among 15 year olds.

An erratum was published on 10 November 2016 at pdf page 12 Effects of alcohol.

Text has been updated to read: There were a number of gender differences in terms of the individual effects of alcohol use. The most notable were that girls were more likely than boys to have an argument due to drinking alcohol (34% of girls compared with 24% of boys), whereas boys were more likely to have had a fight (16% of boys compared with 12% of girls).

The pdf and html have both been updated within the document to reflect this change.


Executive Summary


1 Introduction and background
Survey background
Survey purpose
Policy background
Changes to the questionnaire

2 Prevalence and Key trends
Summary of key changes over time
Ever had a drink (a whole drink, not just a sip)
Drank in the last week
Ever been drunk
Been drunk in the last week
Age first had a drink
Drinking locations
Effects of alcohol

3 Source of and availability of alcohol
Sources of alcohol
Attempts to purchase alcohol

4 Attitudes to alcohol use and alcohol education
Acceptability of trying drinking and getting drunk
Alcohol Education and Support
School advice and support
Amount learned in school about alcohol
Confidence about health and wellbeing choices

5 Risk and protective factors for alcohol use
Friends and leisure activities

Appendix A: Changes to Alcohol questions

Appendix B: Base Tables

A National Statistics publication for Scotland