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2009/08/01 10:05:17 (permalink)
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How common is recreational drug use in the UK today?

There seem to be a lot of posts where people reference recreational drug use - not always detailing the drug but I suppose coke, cannabis and Es are the mainstay?

Just wondering how common recreational drug use is today?

We don't go out to pubs/clubs any more but used to frequently and used to see quite a few people head to the toilet none too discretely to get their nose-full in.

I'm not judging anyone here but I am interested to see how common drug use is.

Is it a good minority, half the people on a night out, a good majority????

No one has ever offered me drugs in a club, pub or otherwise, although one or two have randomly asked if I "know anywhere to get a hit?"

So, what's the social scene genuinely like these days?
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    tomlet1
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    Re:How common is recreational drug use in the UK today? 2009/08/01 10:07:15 (permalink)
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    very common IME. i know more people that smoke weed than drink. . .
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    Re:How common is recreational drug use in the UK today? 2009/08/01 10:10:19 (permalink)
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    I'd say in the 18-35 age group very common, if not nearly half.

    You did gain far too much fat though,I mean,you're not muscular at all,you're just a fat mess.
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    Re:How common is recreational drug use in the UK today? 2009/08/01 10:17:19 (permalink)
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    Slightly off topic but this article in our local rag had me in stitches this week. If I ever end up on drug charges I want this judge / jury.

    http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/2009/07/30/middlesbrough-shop-boss-not-guilty-of-cocaine-dealing-84229-24275956/



    No biggie like, there are a lot worse things for you than using steroids, I mean I probably shouldn't have been smoking crack or getting into bar fights at your age TBH  - drab4

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    Re:How common is recreational drug use in the UK today? 2009/08/01 10:32:02 (permalink)
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    PAGAN

    Slightly off topic but this article in our local rag had me in stitches this week. If I ever end up on drug charges I want this judge / jury.

    http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/2009/07/30/middlesbrough-shop-boss-not-guilty-of-cocaine-dealing-84229-24275956/


    I seriously don't understand how any jury could come to that conclusion, especially if it had been divided into smaller bags!  Unless of course we still need to save on places in over crowded prisons...
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    Re:How common is recreational drug use in the UK today? 2009/08/01 10:35:20 (permalink)
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    Walnaldinho

    PAGAN

    Slightly off topic but this article in our local rag had me in stitches this week. If I ever end up on drug charges I want this judge / jury.

    http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/2009/07/30/middlesbrough-shop-boss-not-guilty-of-cocaine-dealing-84229-24275956/


    I seriously don't understand how any jury could come to that conclusion, especially if it had been divided into smaller bags!  Unless of course we still need to save on places in over crowded prisons...


    Would partly depend on who the jurors were - ie the lifestyle they followed, too.
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    Re:How common is recreational drug use in the UK today? 2009/08/01 10:38:51 (permalink)
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    Where i grew up people started smoking weed at age 13-14ish, age 15-16 started doing E/Coke etc. I got seriously hooked on weed but managed to give it up at 20 as it was stopping me progress, i also got seriously hooked on getting wasted on E every weekend from a young age. Then when i realised pills messed with your brain too much i stopped doing them all the time, and up until recenly i was doing alot of coke.

    Its all a mugs game, i work in sales and i'd say that about 80% of people in sales love drugs especially coke.
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    Re:How common is recreational drug use in the UK today? 2009/08/01 10:44:09 (permalink)
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    Has the UK really become such a wasted society that recreational time has to be filled by recreational drugs as opposed to, you know, something that might actually be productive and non-harmful?

    It sounds like a big bag of escapism burst and infected everybody.
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    Re:How common is recreational drug use in the UK today? 2009/08/01 10:48:09 (permalink)
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    rightyho

    Has the UK really become such a wasted society that recreational time has to be filled by recreational drugs as opposed to, you know, something that might actually be productive and non-harmful?

    It sounds like a big bag of escapism burst and infected everybody.


    Your absolutely right some of the people i know have to fill their nose with £100 + of "Fail" every day. Its a waste of money imo, im just glad to have come out at the other side but i have to be careful its so easy to slip back in to.
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    Re:How common is recreational drug use in the UK today? 2009/08/01 10:49:55 (permalink)
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    rightyho

    I'm not judging anyone here but I am interested to see how common drug use is.


    rightyho

    Has the UK really become such a wasted society that recreational time has to be filled by recreational drugs as opposed to, you know, something that might actually be productive and non-harmful?

    It sounds like a big bag of escapism burst and infected everybody.


    Hmmm



    It's commonplace in my main circles of friends mate. I can't speak for the wider UK as I don't go out in enough places


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    Re:How common is recreational drug use in the UK today? 2009/08/01 10:51:53 (permalink)
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    Wasn't a judgment mate - more a comment for discussion.

    Anyway, in answer to Blue Lagoon, £100 a day is a £450,000 mortgage.
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    Re:How common is recreational drug use in the UK today? 2009/08/01 10:56:46 (permalink)
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    rightyho

    Wasn't a judgment mate - more a comment for discussion.

    I know mate, just poking fun

    Seriously, I do think we have a more drink and drug oriented social life in the UK than in some other places. Not saying we're the worst around or anything like that, but I don't really think it's a good thing either TBH


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    Re:How common is recreational drug use in the UK today? 2009/08/01 11:01:00 (permalink)
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    Some people think every one is doing drugs. They are not. Depends on what circle of friends your in. A few years back my in my circle of friends id say 50 % of my "friends" regularly took e,coke,hash,speed etc. 5 years later out of my group of 20 good friends now ages 23-28 none of them take any of the above drugs and only 3 group used to take any of the above used (including me).
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    Re:How common is recreational drug use in the UK today? 2009/08/01 11:01:27 (permalink)
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    One of the things I found surprising was that British people seem to talk about doing a line in the same way as going for a pint, like its just a regular thing.
    Never really encountered that anywhere else.

    I'd say of the people here who do that, coke, amphetamines etc., its more of an event than an everyday thing.

    I'm not a party person tho, so I could be totally wrong.
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    Re:How common is recreational drug use in the UK today? 2009/08/01 11:02:21 (permalink)
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    Drab, being the well-read and savvy bloke you are, do you have an opinion on drug use and social classes?

    Is drug use more prevalent in social classes which perceive themselves as having less life opportunities than other classes?

    If we were all conditioned in strict schools (say the laws on what teachers could do changed dramatically) to work hard and achieve, and that was met by a strong economic situation where manufacturing was strong and there were plenty of jobs across the spectrum - do you think the propensity toward social drugs would be different then?
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    Re:How common is recreational drug use in the UK today? 2009/08/01 11:04:30 (permalink)
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    john_cappa

    Some people think every one is doing drugs. They are not. Depends on what circle of friends your in. A few years back my in my circle of friends id say 50 % of my "friends" regularly took e,coke,hash,speed etc. 5 years later out of my group of 20 good friends now ages 23-28 none of them take any of the above drugs and only 3 group used to take any of the above used (including me).


    I don't think it was ever that high among my friends, but as you said, it depends on your circle of friends. Among the people I know, I'd say it was closer to maybe 10 or 15%, but yea, I definitely agree with the other part, a few years on and most people have moved on from it, apart from weed.
    A lot of them still drink like crazy tho.
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    Re:How common is recreational drug use in the UK today? 2009/08/01 11:10:25 (permalink)
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    john_cappa

    Some people think every one is doing drugs. They are not. Depends on what circle of friends your in. A few years back my in my circle of friends id say 50 % of my "friends" regularly took e,coke,hash,speed etc. 5 years later out of my group of 20 good friends now ages 23-28 none of them take any of the above drugs and only 3 group used to take any of the above used (including me).


    I don't think it was ever that high among my friends, but as you said, it depends on your circle of friends. Among the people I know, I'd say it was closer to maybe 10 or 15%, but yea, I definitely agree with the other part, a few years on and most people have moved on from it, apart from weed.
    A lot of them still drink like crazy tho.


    Most of the people in my first group of friends have not moved on actually. But i did and picked up alot of newer and drug free friends. I refuse to be friends with people who take drugs these days. Not becasue they are bad people or anything like that obviously but simply because i dont want to be anything to do with drugs.
     
    As you said above perhaps it is far different in the UK above than here.
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    Re:How common is recreational drug use in the UK today? 2009/08/01 11:16:24 (permalink)
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    i still do most of the above mentioned drugs, however, as Dan has said, i do this maybe once a month as an event with a big group of mates when we go see a big Dj etc etc.. its not somethin i think is 'cool' or 'hard' and it is definately not a lifestyle i would want to make full time or could afford, but to me, its like goin out and gettin hammered wi ur mates.. everyone is on the same level, none of my mates are daft with it and none of them 'crave' it.. its just one of those things where after a whjile we'll feel like a good 'blow out' and have alarge night, feel it for a day or so afterwards then back to reality and livin a 'clean' lifestyle...but we're not the type who take coke out into town with us and nip off to the toilets etc.. its all pretty mch done before and after town..

    but thats only one group of mates i have.. i have another group who dont touch it.. so, to answer ur Q righty, as others have said, i think it is fairly common place these days.. i reckkon as much as maybe 1 in 3 people on a night out have had or are on somehtin.. but obviously may also depend on where u r, type of club/ pub ur in etc etc...

    i.e.- biggmarket in newcastle, may be more liek 100% of people. ha


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    Re:How common is recreational drug use in the UK today? 2009/08/01 11:23:29 (permalink)
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    rightyho

    Drab, being the well-read and savvy bloke you are, do you have an opinion on drug use and social classes?

    Is drug use more prevalent in social classes which perceive themselves as having less life opportunities than other classes?

    If we were all conditioned in strict schools (say the laws on what teachers could do changed dramatically) to work hard and achieve, and that was met by a strong economic situation where manufacturing was strong and there were plenty of jobs across the spectrum - do you think the propensity toward social drugs would be different then?

    At a guess, I think currently there may be a tendency for rich people to do more coke, and poor people to do more of everything else. Even that has changed in the last couple of decades though, cocaine is no longer the rich man's drug it once was, from what I hear

    I'd say that drug use per se is rife throughout the social classes, as far as I can tell anyway, bearing in mind my contact with the British "upper" classes is minimal (I went to Exeter uni and a royal was there at the same time, I think that's as close as I've got lol)

    Class and wealth partly aside, I do think that substance use/ abuse in general is more common in the disillusioned. For example, it's well known that people suffering from mental illness are a high risk group with regards substance abuse. Just thinking here, but I reckon you have a point in that people who "fall off the radar" are more likely to use drugs (including drink) to excess


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    Re:How common is recreational drug use in the UK today? 2009/08/01 11:27:20 (permalink)
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    I used to feel a bit marginalised by not being much of a drinker.
    This seems to have been superceded by being not much of a snorter. So, at least I feel out of the loop for a whole new and different reason
    ...which is nice

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