Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Solvent Abuse in Europe


ESPAD, The European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs has released its report for surveys undertaken in 2003, in which it is revealed that inhalant use is 2% greater in the UK than in other European countries.

The survey reported that 12% of the UK sample had used volatile substances at some point in their life compared with an average of 10% throughout Europe. The report, the third survey to be undertaken, since 1995, has seen contributions rise to 35 countries with participation from over 100,000 students.

The highest prevalence of inhalants is reported in Greenland, where 22% had ever used them. Other countries with high levels of inhalant use include Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Isle of Man, Malta and Slovenia (15-19%).

Very small gender differences are found in relation to the use of inhalants. In a majority of the countries there are no gender differences, but in Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Portugal and Ukraine more boys than girls reported this behaviour.

Girls only reported more use than boys in one country, Ireland.