Module 5: young people, society and AOD: facilitator's guide

4.1 Legal drug use by young people

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Alcohol and tobacco - two legal drugs - are very popular among young people. Even before young people reach 18 they are using alcohol and tobacco at high rates.

Alcohol and tobacco use among young people

Task - brainstorm exercise

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 - Some of the reasons for the popularity of alcohol and tobacco among young people include:
  • relative low cost

  • easy availability

  • modelling by parents and peers

  • marketing

  • fear of illicit drugs