Paper 53 Marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol: Illicit drug use and related harms among risky drinking teenagers

Alexandra Aiken, Richard P. Mattick, Tina Lam, Lucinda Burns, Tanya Chikritzhs, William Gilmore, Wenbin Liang, Simon Lenton, Rowan Ogeil, Belinda Lloyd, Dan I. Lubman, Raimondo Bruno, Ann Roche, Philip Hull, Helen Delany, Richard Midford, Rosa Alati, Caroline Salom, Steve Allsop

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Introduction and Aims: Recent evidence suggests that while more young Australians are abstaining from alcohol, heavier drinkers appear to be increasing their consumption and experiencing higher levels of alcohol‐related harms. Use of other drugs in addition to heavy alcohol use may be contributing to the increased harms. This study examines alcohol and illicit drug use and related harms in a sample of risky drinking young Australians.

Design and Methods: Face‐to‐face (595) and online questionnaires (2337) were conducted with 14‐19 year old risky drinkers across Australia, selected to represent the heaviest drinking 20‐25% of this age group. Measures included alcohol and other drug consumption, demographics and alcohol‐related harms. Regression analysis was used to examine the associations between illicit drug use and alcohol‐related harms, during the most recent risky drinking session and over the past 6 months.

Results: Two‐thirds had used an illicit drug in the past 6 months, and one‐quarter during their last risky drinking session. The most commonly used illicit drugs were marijuana and ecstasy. Most had experienced alcohol‐related harms during/after their last risky drinking session, and the number of harms experienced was significantly higher for those who had also consumed illicit drugs.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2017
EventAustralasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs Conference 2017: APSAD Scientific Alcohol and Drug Conference - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 12 Nov 201715 Nov 2017 (Conference website)


ConferenceAustralasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleAPSAD 2017
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  • marijuana
  • ecstacy
  • alcohol
  • illicit drug use


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