The Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), is following the lives of around 19,000 young people born across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In 2018-2019, the researchers from UCL analysed data from 10,000 17 years olds on their substance use – including drug taking, binge drinking and smoking – and antisocial behaviours – such as assault, shoplifting and vandalism.
Some of the key findings include:
- 53% reported they had engaged in binge drinking by age 17, 31% had tried smoking cannabis at least once, and 10% had tried harder drugs.
From ages 14 to 17,
rates of vandalism, use of weapons, and graffitiing remained stable.
Young people whose parents had at least a degree were more likely to have tried alcohol and to have engaged in binge drinking, but were less likely to be smokers.