Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use (SDD) Among Young People in England Survey
Welcome to the Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England (SDD) 2021 information page. The survey has been running since 1982 and is the Government’s main source of information on alcohol, drug and tobacco use among young people in England. The findings are used by government departments and local authorities in policy-making and to evaluate the impact of changes in laws. Government users of the data include the Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England, the Department for Education, and the Home Office.
For example the data is used to:
- Build a case to ban smoking in vehicles when children are present. The survey data helped to identify the scale of the problem to justify the legislation introduced in October 2015.
- Monitor the impact of changes in laws about the minimum age for purchasing e-cigarettes, introduced in October 2015. The survey data will be used to assess whether the legislation is working.
- Monitor the impact of changes in the law about cigarette packaging. For example, since May 2016 cigarettes have be sold in plain packages, and the data has been used to help assess the impact on purchasing.
The data is used by a wide range of other organisations. For example:
- Local authorities compare the national data from the survey with local data to identify any specific local patterns or problems.
- Information about why and how young people purchase cigarettes, alcohol and drugs is used by charities in initiatives aimed at preventing these behaviours.
- Information about how young people purchase alcohol and cigarettes is used by retail bodies to understand how best to restrict under-age access.
What the survey users say about the data:
"We have conducted local surveys on drug and alcohol use and the national survey is invaluable as a baseline to compare ourselves to." - Local Authority
"The smoking, drinking and drug use (SDD) survey is the prime source of data on young people’s drinking and drug use and is essential for an understanding of trends and developments in this crucial area. No other survey has the wealth, depth or scope of data that the SDD provides." - Local Authority
"The survey is incredibly useful. It is incredibly important in understanding the habits and patterns of young drinkers, which is vital in helping shape the industry’s response to underage drinking." - Private sector company
The links below provide more information and contact details for any further questions you may have.
If you would like to look at the questions that pupils will be asked, you can see the questionnaires here: