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Appendix 1: Reference Section
- 49 The Normalisation of Recreational Drug Use Amongst Young People
in North West England by Fiona Measham, Russell Newcombe & Howard Parker,
accepted by British Journal of Sociology December 1993
- This paper presents findings relating to a first cohort of teenagers
in the study. The sample was designed to be representative of gender, social
class and geographical area. 70% were age 14 and 30% age 15; 54% were boys;
88% white; 70% Christian; 84% had fathers in paid work and 68% had mothers
in paid work.
- Illicit drug use has risen to record levels among this sample. 59% had
been offered drugs; 36% had tried an illicit drug; 32% had tried cannabis;
14% poppers; 13% LSD; 12% solvents; 10% magic mushrooms; 10% amphetamine;
6% Ecstasy and 1% other drugs. 20% had used a drug within the preceding
month and 33% had done so within the preceding year. Girls were more likely
to have been offered and to have tried a drug, in contrast to previous surveys
that showed more boys had tried illicit drugs tan girls.
- Drug use is generally related to alcohol use; those who drink more also
have above average consumption of other drugs. However, those who use MDMA
drink less alcohol than users of the more popular drugs above. 45% of respondents
had had sexual experiences. Of these, 25% had been drinking before their
last sexual experience.
- Of those who had tried MDMA, nearly all had also tried cannabis, 80%
had tried LSD, 76% amphetamine, 69% psilocybin mushrooms and 60% nitrites.
But only 4% had tried cocaine and 7% heroin.
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