1. Dear Drugs-Forum readers: We are a small non-profit that runs one of the most read drug information & addiction help websites in the world. We serve over 4 million readers per month, and have costs like all popular websites: servers, hosting, licenses and software. To protect our independence we do not run ads. We take no government funds. We run on donations which average $25. If everyone reading this would donate $5 then this fund raiser would be done in an hour. If Drugs-Forum is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online another year by donating whatever you can today. Donations are currently not sufficient to pay our bills and keep the site up. Your help is most welcome. Thank you.
    PLEASE HELP

"Everyday" But Not "Normal": Drug-Use and Youth Cultural Practice in Russia (Pilkington, 2004)

"Everyday" But Not "Normal": Drug-Use and Youth Cultural Practice in Russia (Pilkington, 2004)

  1. Jatelka
    An Economic and Social Research Council Publication

    The 1990s saw an unprecedented rise in the use of drugs by young people in Russia. This study, by the University of Birmingham, gathered data from three diverse Russian regions, putting drug use in the context of youth culture. The aim was also to test western theories about the ‘normalisation’ of drug use among young people, and contribute to the general debate on that topic.
    Key findings
    Prevalence of drug and alcohol use
    • One in five of 14-19 year olds have used an illicit drug, with cannabis reported by 80 per cent of users. After that come heroin (9.3 per cent) and pharmaceutical drugs (8.8 per cent). Ecstasy and other amphetamines are not commonly in use.
    • Most did not use a variety of drugs: a third had tried two or more, and 10 per cent had taken three or more.
    • Use of alcohol is an everyday practice for Russian youth. Beer is the most popular drink - 88 per cent of those surveyed drank it, and 40.2 per cent more than once a week. Alcopops, cocktails and wine are almost as popular but are drunk less regularly. Vodka is a ‘special occasion’ tipple.
Tags: