In France, the latest Smerep Youth Health Check survey published on June 29, 2017, assesses the health of students in France. Interviews were conducted between April 20 and May 21, 2017 among 1,201 students and 812 high school students (ages 14 to 22). According to the report French students and pupils feel healthy.
Nearly 8 out of 10 students reported having consumed alcohol, with the average age for the consumption of their first whole drink being 15 years. The majority of “drinkers” had experienced the “secondary” effects of alcohol - mainly physical symptoms or blackouts. Alcoholic beverages vary according to age and / or gender, but 2/5 of students report regular consumption. The reasons given for consumption are mainly to relax or to be more at ease when socialising. On average, drinkers consume 5 drinks during a festive evening (4 glasses for high school students) and 2 out of 10 students ‘preload’ before the evening begins. The majority of students say they were informed about the dangers of alcohol misuse mainly from college. Nearly 3 out of 10 French students have already used cannabis: mostly older students. A quarter of students do not consider alcohol to be a drug and a quarter of the students smoke tobacco.