Survey Of Under-30s Finds They Want Cannabis Legal, Over Half Know Someone With Alcohol Addiction

U.K. company Student Money Saver (SMS) polled 1,000 people under the age of 30 to see what they thought about alcohol and drug use. the results showed that high numbers of people think substances that are against the law should be made legal. For example, according to the survey, cannabis should be legal and tobacco should be made illegal.

The survey also found that over half of the group know someone with an alcohol addiction problem, while 250 people said alcohol should be made illegal.

There were some worrisome results, including the amount of people who spend time drinking or using drugs alone. Almost 43 percent of people said they drink alone, 73 percent sometimes use drugs by themselves and 63 percent said they have had a blackout in the past year because of drugs and alcohol.

One teen in the survey admitted that making drugs illegal is pointless because “it won’t stop people using them”, while another thought taxpayers take too much responsibility for drug abusers, saying, “They all most likely cause serious health problems which cost us millions to fix every year.”

Researchers at SMS concluded the research by saying that the results show young people’s interest in trying drugs is “lessening” but, at the same time, the under 30s group is adopting an “anything goes” attitude.


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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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