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This report considers the responses of young people who agreed that alcohol and/or drugs are a problem for my family/peers in Youth Survey 2018, compared with those who answered neither/ disagree. It provides a better understanding of their individual concerns, aspirations and wellbeing, and points to support needed for this group of young people.

Key findings:

  • Nearly three in ten young people (27.8%) agreed that alcohol and/or drugs are a problem for my family/peers.
  • The proportion of young people who agreed that alcohol and/or drugs are a problem for my family/peers increased with each year of age: from 24.6% of 15 year-olds to 36.7% of 19 year-olds.
  • The most frequently chosen plans after finishing school for young people who agreed that alcohol and/or drugs are a problem for my family/peers were to go to university (64.1% compared with 68.2% of young people who reported neither/disagree), get a job (35.9% compared with 34.0%) or travel/gap year plans (32.0% compared with 28.0%). These were also the top three plans cited for young people who neither/disagree.
  • Higher proportions of young people who agreed that alcohol and/or drugs are a problem for my family/peers indicated that they were only slightly confident (8.5% compared with 6.7% of young people who reported neither/disagree) or not at all confident (3.6% compared with 2.3%) in their ability to achieve their study/work goals.
  • A higher proportion of young people who agreed that alcohol and/or drugs are a problem for my family/peers indicated that they felt there were barriers impacting upon them finding work (44.9% compared with 36.4% of young people who reported neither/disagree).
  • The top three barriers that young people who agreed that alcohol and/or drugs are a problem for my family/peers considered to be impacting upon them finding work were school responsibilities (22.7% compared with 19.3% of young people who reported neither/disagree), lack of skills/experience (17.9% compared with 13.4%) and lack of jobs (16.1% compared with 10.8%). These were the same top three barriers for young people who neither/disagree.
  • Young people who agreed that alcohol and/or drugs are a problem for my family/peers had consistently higher levels of personal concern for all listed items. This was especially true of mental  health (42.5% compared with 26.7% of young people who reported neither/disagree), family conflict (28.0% compared with 13.6%) and coping with stress (52.7% compared with 39.8%).
Publication Details
Publication Year:
2019