The YouGov Big Survey on Drugs: Discussing drugs

Milan DinicDirector - Content Strategy and Innovation
January 24, 2022, 4:14 PM GMT+0

Half of Britons (53%) think there isn’t enough discussion in the media about drug abuse, with this view being shared across all age groups (50-56%).

A quarter (25%) think the amount of discussion is about right – with men (27%) more likely to think this than women (20%) – while 5% think there is too much talk about drugs in the media. One in five (19%) aren’t sure.

Six in ten Britons (60%) feel that within their family circle they would be able to openly discuss using recreational drugs. This applies to 44% of 16-24 year-olds and 49% of those aged 25-39.

One in five Britons (19%) think it would not be possible for them to have an open discussion with their family members about the use of recreational drugs, with this view being shared by three in ten (30%) 16-24 year olds and a third of those aged 25-39 (33%).

Among those who currently use drugs, 63% think they can discuss their use with family members, while 29% think they cannot.

A third of Britons (36%) think children should start being taught about drugs between the ages of 11 and 12. A quarter of Britons (26%) think teaching children about drugs should happen sooner – when they are ten or younger, with women (29%) being more in favour of this than men (24%).

The older Britons are, the likelier they are to favour introducing children to the topic of recreational drugs at age 10 or sooner: from 15% among 16-24 year olds to 20% among those in their late 20s and 30s, to a third (32%) of those aged 40 and above.

Just 3% of Britons think children should never be taught about drugs.

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