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Generation “no thanks”: the stats that show young people are giving up on sex, drugs and booze

Young people are drinking and smoking less, taking fewer drugs and having fewer babies

By Jay Elwes   January 2018

On a downer

Drugs and the young

In 1998, a clear majority of youngsters (54 per cent) said they’d taken drugs; by 2016 it was more like a third (36 per cent). The use of LSD has been fading faster than a hallucination—back in 1996, when today’s Centrist Dads were ravers, 13 per cent had dropped acid; by 2016 it was 3 per cent. “Despair” drugs like heroin have also declined (from 1.6 per cent in 2000 to 0.1 per cent), and despite the media panic, “legal high” use…

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