Prevalence of Alcohol and Cannabis Use Among Young People in Canada
"Some key findings from the report are as follows. Among students in grades 7, 9, 10, and 12 (i.e., those approximately 12–18 years old):
" Alcohol use is almost twice as prevalent as cannabis use (46–62% of students report alcohol use and 17–32% report cannabis use in the past year, depending on the province);
" 19–30% report consuming five or more drinks on a single occasion in the past month;
" 12–20% of Grade 12 students report driving within an hour of drinking alcohol in the past year;
" 26–38% of all students report that in the past year they have been a passenger with someone that had been
drinking, and 17–20% report that in the past year they have been a passenger with someone who had had ‘too much’ to drink;
" 2–5% report using cannabis daily or almost daily;
" 14–21% of students in Grade 12 report driving within an hour of using cannabis, and more than 33% of Grade students report having been a passenger with someone who had used cannabis; and
" Among the drugs assessed by the surveys, aside from alcohol and cannabis, ecstasy is the most prevalent drug (4–7% report lifetime use) followed by inhalants (2–4% report lifetime use)."
Young, M.M., Saewyc, E., Boak, A., Jahrig, J., Anderson, B., Doiron, Y., Taylor, S., Pica, L., Laprise, P., and Clark, H. (Student Drug Use Surveys Working Group) (2011). Cross-Canada report on student alcohol and drug use: Technical report. Ottawa: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, p. 3.