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Alcohol, tobacco and drug consumption rise over last five years in Portugal

Results from the 4th National Survey on the Use of Psychoactive Substances in the General Population, Portugal 2016/17 show that the consumption of alcohol, tobacco and illegal psychoactive substances, have increased in the last five years in Portugal. The study by the Intervention Service for Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD) focused on the use of legal psychoactive substance (alcohol, tobacco, sedatives, tranquilisers and/or hypnotics, and anabolic steroids), and illegal drugs (cannabis, ecstasy, amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, LSD, magic mushrooms and of new psychoactive substances), as well as gambling practices. According to the study, alcohol consumption shows increases in lifetime prevalence, both among the total population (15-74 years) and among the young adult population (15-34 years), and among both men and women. Tobacco consumption shows a slight rise in lifetime prevalence, which, according to the report, "is mainly due to increased consumption among women." The study also saw an increase from 8.3% in 2012, to 10.2% in 2016/17, in the prevalence of illegal psychoactive substance use.

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