Drugs and Alcohol

School, drugs and alcohol

Research suggests that taking too many drugs and/or drinking too much alcohol on a regular basis may reduce a person’s ability and interest in learning.
Problems at home, having no money, wanting to have fun, trying to look ‘cool’ were the kinds of reasons our participants gave for starting to use drugs regularly, including on school days
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Young people we talked to recognised that there might be a connection between heavy cannabis use, poor school performance and bad exam results. For example; making it difficult to concentrate or think straight and causing memory problems.
A few people said they didn’t fit into the school system and it caused them to struggle with education. Drugs or alcohol could be a way to cope with this. Some said that their parents and/or teachers could have done more to help them.
After they left school some of the young people we spoke to had started work or were trying to get training and work experience.

Last reviewed :July 2018.
Last updated: January 2015.


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