Module 5: young people, society and AOD: learner's workbook

4.1 Legal drug use by young people

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Substantial community and political concern about illicit drug use among young people has resulted in government actions such as drug summits and funding to address these issues. However alcohol and tobacco - two legal drugs - are also very popular. Young people are using alcohol and tobacco at high rates even before they reach 18 when they are legally able to buy and consume them.

Alcohol and tobacco use among young people

Task

Question - What might be some of the reasons that many young people tend to use legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco as their drugs of choice?

Answer - (Write your answer, then check the possible answers page.)