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Publication - Statistics Publication

Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS): Alcohol Report 2015

Published: 25 Oct 2016
Part of:
Health and social care
ISBN:
9781786525321

This report presents the alcohol findings from the 2015 wave of the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS).

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Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS): Alcohol Report 2015
3 Source of and availability of alcohol

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3 Source of and availability of alcohol

Sources of alcohol

Among both age groups, pupils were most likely to get alcohol from their home, from a friend or from a relative. Direct purchase of alcohol from a business was rare (Figure 3.1).

Thirteen year olds were most likely to get alcohol from home, (either with or without permission), whereas 15 year olds were most likely to get their alcohol from a friend (Figure 3.1).

Among both age groups, girls were more likely than boys to get alcohol from a friend (39% of girls compared with 28% of boys). There were no other gender differences.

Figure 3.1 Sources of alcohol among those who have ever had a drink, by age (2015)

Q. Where do you usually get your alcohol from?

Figure 3.1 Sources of alcohol among those who have ever had a drink, by age (2015)

Base: pupils who have ever had an alcoholic drink (13 year olds, 2,884) (15 year olds, 6,650)

Attempts to purchase alcohol

The majority of pupils, who have ever had a drink, have never tried to purchase alcohol from either a 'shop, supermarket or off-licence', or a 'pub, bar or club' (Figure 3.2 and Figure 3.3).

Most of the small percentage who did try to purchase alcohol were successful. For example, 3% of 13 year olds tried to buy alcohol from 'a pub, bar or club' and were successful and 1% tried but were not. The same pattern was evident across both age groups and the different types of alcohol outlets.

It should be noted that it is likely that only those who are confident that they will be successful ( e.g. because they have fake identification or look particularly old for their age) will even try and this does not suggest that if all pupils tried to purchase alcohol the majority would be successful.

Figure 3.2 Alcohol purchasing attempts among 13 year olds who have ever had a drink (2015)

Figure 3.2 Alcohol purchasing attempts among 13 year olds who have ever had a drink (2015)

Q. In the last 4 weeks, have you bought or tried to buy alcohol from a shop, supermarket, or off-licence/in a pub, bar, or club?

Base: pub, club or bar: 13 year old pupils who have ever had an alcoholic drink (3,249),

shop, supermarket or off-licence: 13 year old pupils who have ever had an alcoholic drink (3,261)

Figure 3.3 Alcohol purchasing attempts among 15 year olds who have ever had a drink (2015)

Q. In the last 4 weeks, have you bought or tried to buy alcohol from a shop, supermarket, or off-licence/in a pub, bar, or club?

Figure 3.3 Alcohol purchasing attempts among 15 year olds who have ever had a drink (2015)

Base: pub, club or bar: 15 year old pupils who have ever had an alcoholic drink (7,117), shop, supermarket or off-licence: 15 year old pupils who have ever had an alcoholic drink (7,127)

Purchasing from off-trade (shop, supermarket or off-licence)

Across both age groups and genders, the proportion making successful alcohol purchases at shops, supermarkets or off-licenses decreased over time between 2006 and 2013. However, between 2013 and 2015, there has been a small increase in the proportion of 15 year old boys and 13 year old girls who made successful purchases, but no statistically significant change among 15 year old girls and 13 year old boys (Figure 3.4).

Among 15 year olds, boys were more likely to have tried and successfully made a purchase than girls (Figure 3.4). There was no difference among 13 year olds.

Figure 3.4 Successful off-trade (shop, supermarket or off-licence) alcohol purchase attempts in the last 4 weeks among those who have ever had a drink, by age and sex (2006-2015)

Q. In the last 4 weeks, have you bought or tried to buy alcohol from a shop, supermarket, or off-licence?

Figure 3.3 Alcohol purchasing attempts among 15 year olds who have ever had a drink (2015)

Base: pupils who have ever had an alcoholic drink (for full base size information please see Appendix B)

Purchasing alcohol on-trade (pub, bar or club)

Among 13 year olds, the proportion of pupils making successful attempts to purchase alcohol from a pub, bar or club has remained constant (and very low) over time. Among 15 year olds, there was a steady decrease in the proportion of pupils making successful attempts to purchase alcohol between 2006 and 2013 but there has been no change between 2013 and 2015 (Figure 3.5).

There was no statistical difference between boys and girls in either age group (Figure 3.5).

Figure 3.5 Successful on-trade (pub, bar or club) alcohol purchase attempts in the last 4 weeks among those who have ever had a drink, by age and sex (2006-2015)

Q. In the last 4 weeks, have you bought or tried to buy alcohol in a pub, bar, or club?

Figure 3.5 Successful on-trade (pub, bar or club) alcohol purchase attempts in the last 4 weeks among those who have ever had a drink, by age and sex (2006-2015)

Base: pupils who have ever had an alcoholic drink (for full base size information please see Appendix B)

Getting another person to purchase alcohol

Pupils were asked if they had asked someone else to buy them alcohol in the last 4 weeks.

Just over a third of 13 year olds (35%) and just over half of 15 year olds (52%) who have ever had a drink, had asked someone else to buy them alcohol in the last 4 weeks.

There has been a decrease in the proportion of 13 and 15 year old boys and 15 year old girls asking someone else to buy alcohol for them, but no change among 13 year old girls (Figure 3.6).

Among both age groups, girls are more likely than boys to have asked someone else to buy alcohol on their behalf in the last 4 weeks (Figure 3.6).

Figure 3.6 Proportion of pupils who have ever had alcohol who have asked someone else to buy alcohol for them in the last 4 weeks, by age and sex (2006-2015)

Q. Have you got anyone else to buy any alcohol for you in the last 4 weeks?

Figure 3.6 Proportion of pupils who have ever had alcohol who have asked someone else to buy alcohol for them in the last 4 weeks, by age and sex (2006-2015)

Base: pupils who have ever had an alcoholic drink (for full base size information please see Appendix B)

Among 13 year olds who had someone else buy them alcohol, it was most common for it to be their mother, father or carer who did so on the last occasion. Among 15 year olds, it was most common for it be an older friend (Figure 3.7).

To put the scale of this into perspective, the 29% of 13 year olds who had ever had a drink and had their mother, father or carer buy them alcohol in the last 4 weeks, represents 2% of all 13 year old pupils.

There was little change in the proportion of pupils reporting which different individuals had bought them alcohol. The exception was a decrease in the proportion of 13 year olds who said that their mother, father or carer had purchased alcohol on their behalf (29% in 2015, compared with 33% in 2013).

Figure 3.7 Proportion of pupils, who have ever had a drink and had asked someone else to get them alcohol in the last 4 weeks, who were given alcohol by each group, by age (2015)

Q. The last time someone bought you alcohol, who was it?

Figure 3.7 Proportion of pupils, who have ever had a drink and had asked someone else to get them alcohol in the last 4 weeks, who were given alcohol by each group, by age (2015)

Base: pupils who have ever had an alcoholic drink and got someone else to buy them alcohol in the last 4 weeks (13 year olds, 993) (15 year olds 3,159)


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