NME survey results reveal three quarters have taken drugs in the last year

Readers tell all about their drug taking habits

Two in five readers have tried a ‘legal high’ and 74% have taken drugs over the last year, NME‘s new drugs survey has revealed.

Earlier this month, we asked readers to tell us about their drug taking habits. We had a huge response – thousands of you took part in our online survey from across the UK, telling us your views on all things drug related, from legalisation to so-called legal highs.

It was discovered that out of over 5,000 people polled, over half were 15-16 when they first took drugs. The most popular drug tried over the last 12 months was cannabis, with 41.8% of you trying the illegal drug. This was closely followed by MDMA/ecstasy at 21.5% while just 3.7% tried cocaine and 1.1% took mephedrone.

Cannabis was also the first drug most of you tried, with 77.5% admitting this was your first experience. Up to 44% of you said you’re more likely to take drugs while listening to certain types of music, with dance being the most prominent at 50%. Indie/rock wasn’t far behind, with 28.8% of you saying you had tried drugs while listening to guitar bands. Only 3.3% said they took drugs listening to hip-hop.

Up to 80% of those polled also said they took drugs to have fun and 55% of you believe you take more drugs than your parents did.

Check out this week’s NME available digitally to read the full lowdown on the survey and check out Jenny Stevens’ blog on NME Drugs Survey: The full results.