Online survey highlights drug use among 'thirty somethings'

Online survey highlights drug use among 'thirty somethings'

A new opinion poll shows that just under 50% of Ireland's 'thirty somethings' have experimented with some form of drugs.

The finding is contained in a survey of 1,000 people aged between 30 and 39, carried out for Today FM and the Irish and Sunday Independent.

The first part of the findings from the online poll last month, by market researchers Behaviour and Attitudes, released today focuses on morality issues.

The 'Ireland's Thirty Somethings - Living on the Edge' survey found that just under 50% of 30 somethings say they have dabbled at least once with soft drugs such as marijuana.

The figure is much lower for harder drugs, like heroin and cocaine, at 14%.

A third of those surveyed would support the decriminalisation of soft drugs in order to remove the power from drug dealers, but just 18% would support the decriminalisation of all illegal drugs.

75% say same sex couples should be allowed to marry, but fewer respondents, 66%, believe gay couples should be allowed to adopt children.

Meanwhile, drink-driving emerged as the behaviour attracting the greatest level of moral disapproval, scoring 9.1 on a scale going up to 10.

Pre-marital sex received the least disapproval rating.


More in this Section

'Any authoritative figure could pose a threat' - Call for pathway to residency for undocumented immigrants'Any authoritative figure could pose a threat' - Call for pathway to residency for undocumented immigrants

Man due in court in connection with robbery at Cork service stationMan due in court in connection with robbery at Cork service station

Man, 70s, dies in Co Cork crash Man, 70s, dies in Co Cork crash

Gerry Adams to appeal against prison escape convictions at UK Supreme CourtGerry Adams to appeal against prison escape convictions at UK Supreme Court


Lifestyle

The ribbed fabric is having a fashion moment, says Katie Wright.Get on board with cord: 5 of the best pinafore dresses and how to style them

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine advises a woman whose future mother-in-law isn’t happy with her decision not to have kids.Ask a counsellor: ‘Why can’t my fiancé’s mother accept that I don’t want children?’

Vincent Thurkettle, author of The Wood Fire Handbook, talks to Luke Rix-Standing about one of our best-loved simple pleasures – the log fire.Burning love: Why are roaring wood fires so endlessly appealing?

Students have nothing to be anxious about with their CAO 2020, just follow this easy video guide with Trish McGrath, Principal of Hewitt CollegeTen tips to completing CAO 2020 applications online, plus a short video guide for students

More From The Irish Examiner