A new report has shown that figures relating to young people smoking, drinking and taking drugs is down on the past few years.
7,000 secondary school pupils were surveyed and around 45% of them said they had drunk alcohol compared to 61% in 2003. The survey showed that drug use was down and smoking is also seen as less popular with only a quarter of pupils having tried smoking.
The manager of the County Council’s Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Paul Hooper, said he was please with the figures but warned against complacency. He commented that liver disease is on the increase in young people and that education and support was vital if the figures were going to continue to go down and stay down.