Figures which have just been released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show a positive improvement in the relationship between young children and toxic substances.
The data shows that the number of children who are trying smoking has dropped to the lowest levels on record and in fact, more have tried e-cigarettes than actual tobacco. Only 18% of youngsters today say that they have tried cigarettes whereas just over a decade ago in 2003, this figure was a whopping 42%.
Additionally, the number of school pupils drinking alcohol has also gone down to a record low with 38% of 11 to 15 year-olds admitting to ever trying it. HSCIC’s survey also showed that drug use has declined as well. In 2014, 15% of pupils admitted to taking drugs at least once whereas this figure has now gone down to 10%.
Even legal highs which have been a recent topic of concern don’t seem to be a feature in the lives of youngsters. Although the majority (51%) have heard of them, only 6% say they have ever been offered them and just 3% have actually gone on to try them.
It’s not just the UK witnessing this interesting shift in behaviour however. Over the last decade in Ireland, there has been a decline in the number of school-aged children who are drinking alcohol on a weekly basis. This has in turn resulted in fewer suffered injuries as well as improvements in self-rated health and the relationships between children and their parents.
Why do you think fewer children are drinking, smoking and taking drugs? Is it because they’re so image conscious, have they been priced out of participating in such activities or do you think the government’s health warnings are paying off? Feel free to share your thoughts with us on our Facebook page. If your struggling with drugs and alcohol you can contact us today.