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.