National Drug Strategy
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Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2011

7. Lessons about use of tobacco, alcohol and illicit substances in the previous school year.

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Students were asked to indicate if they could recall receiving any lessons on the use of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs in the previous school year (2010). The proportion of students receiving more than one lesson about tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug use in the previous school year is shown in Table 7.1.

Table 7.1: Percentage of students indicating they had received more than one lesson about the use of illicit substances in the previous school year (2010), Australia 2011

More than one lesson]
12 yrs
(%)
13 yrs
(%)
14 yrs
(%)
15 yrs
(%)
16 yrs
(%)
17 yrs
(%)
Total
(%)
Tobacco
38.6
45.0
54.1
49.1
40.0
27.9
43.2
Alcohol
33.4
41.5
56.5
62.2
56.2
42.9
49.0
Illicit substances
22.9
31.9
48.4
57.3
51.2
38.4
41.7
Reports on lessons about tobacco use in the previous year were highest among the 13-, 14- and 15-year-olds suggesting Years, 7, 8 and 9 were the year levels when lessons about tobacco use occur. Reports on lessons about alcohol use were highest (over 50%) among students aged 14, 15 and 16 years suggesting that these lessons most commonly occur in Years 8, 9 and 10. Lessons about illicit substances were more commonly reported by 14-, 15- and 16-year-olds again suggesting that Years 8, 9, and 10 were most frequently used for these lessons.

These findings indicate that schools participating in this survey were most likely to include lessons about the use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit substances in the curriculum of students in junior secondary years.

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