We commend the work done by Agency SEDQA in once again listing out the data for ESPAD.
The European School Project on Alcohol and other Drugs (ESPAD) features evidence on students’ experience of, and perceptions about, a number of substances including: tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs, inhalants, pharmaceuticals and new psychoactive substances (NPS).
- Tobacco use among Maltese young people aged 16 has since 2011 registered a significant decline, as has the use of alcohol
- Lifetime use of alcohol, heavy episodic drinking and drunkenness have all declined. This is a very positive indicator, attributable to a number of actions on the part of the State and NGOs, including school prevention efforts as well as environmental prevention such as restricting the availability of such substances and pricing
- Certainly the decreases registered for alcohol and tobacco are to be celebrated. These two substances are responsible for a large proportion of the burden of disease in the western world and this augurs well for a healthy future generation.