WA releases 2014 ASSAD bulletins – alcohol and illicit drug use data for secondary school students

September 2016
WA becomes the first jurisdiction to release full (or at least reasonably full) bulletins from the 2014 ASSAD data. There is a 2014 ASSAD Alcohol Bulletin and a 2014 Illicit Drug Bulletin and both are well worth a read. The alcohol data once again shows a reduction in the number of students choosing to drink, with the research finding the lowest level of youth drinking in three decades – 9% of 12-17 year-olds reported never drinking in 1984 and in 2014 the number was 31.5%. Rates of illicit drug use were much lower as well, with only cannabis showing a slight increase in use since the 2011 survey.

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