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Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS)

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Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS)

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The Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) is part of an important and long established series of national surveys on smoking, drinking and drug use. The survey is conducted on a biennial basis, targeting secondary school pupils in local authority and independent schools.

SALSUS was undertaken in Autumn 2013 (for local and national output). The next surveys will take place in Autumn 2015 (national output only) and Autumn 2017 (local and national output).

The SALSUS datasets from 2002 on are available from the UK Data Archive Opens in new window.Entering the term "SALSUS" in the search field should bring back a list of the Scottish survey datasets available. Similar English datasets can be found by using the search term "Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People".

Latest News: SALSUS 2013 results are now available (November 2014) providing information at national and local levels.

For the 2013 SALSUS, the reporting structure has been revised. The previous National Report has been replaced by a National Overview summarising the main survey findings. This National Overview is supported by three reports covering each of the different substance use topics ('smoking', 'alcohol use' and 'drug use') in detail. Additional outputs include: NHS Board, Local Authority and Alcohol & Drug Partnership (ADP) summaries (which replace the previous local reports). Complementing these reports and summaries are new, interactive Excel tables which present both national and local statistics together for the first time. Further information and detailed reports are available on the Latest Report page.

Parents and pupils can find more information here.

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