Chart Of The Day: Average Age Of First Marijuana And Alcohol Use

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Click to enlarge. Source: NCDA- Comparative Analysis of Student Drug Use in Caribbean Countries: A Report on Student Drug Use in 12 Caribbean Countries, p 17 and 45.

As mentioned in an earlier post, November is Drug Awareness Month and diGJamaica wants to keep you informed on the topic. This post highlights student drug use. Above see a chart showing the average age of first marijuana and alcohol use across 12 Caribbean territories, as measured in 2011. This data comes from the NCDA’s website, from a publication called the Comparative Analysis of Student Drug Use in Caribbean Countries found here. The NCDA website has a wealth of information on drug use in Jamaica and the Caribbean, so be sure to check them out.

As seen on the chart, many Caribbean nations have similarly early average ages for first use of alcohol and marijuana, with a range from 10.88 years to 14.41 years.

Barbados has the earliest average age of first alcohol use, while St Kitts and Nevis has the earliest average age for first marijuana use.

In Jamaica, findings show the average age of first use as 11.71 years old and 12.9 years old for alcohol and marijuana respectively.

In case you missed it, take a look at our post on Alcohol Abuse, and look out for more features on Drug Awareness throughout the month.