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With contributions from leading international academics across the social sciences, this accessible takes a critical look at the key contemporary issues and debates in the field. The 39 chapters are divided into three parts: Part I Central Social Science Theories Drug and Alcohol Studies Part II Pillars in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies Part III Controversies and New Approaches in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies This Handbook is an excellent reference text for the growing number of academics, students, scientists and practitioners in the drug and alcohol studies community.

Chapter 26: Maturing on a High: An Analysis of Trends, Prevalence and Patterns of Recreational Drug Use in Middle and Older Adulthood

Maturing on a High: An Analysis of Trends, Prevalence and Patterns of Recreational Drug Use in Middle and Older Adulthood
Maturing on a high: an analysis of trends, prevalence and patterns of recreational drug use in middle and older adulthood
Lisa WilliamsRebecca Askew
Introduction

Recreational drug use is commonly perceived as a youthful activity that decreases as age increases. The direction of trends in drug taking in many Western countries also shows a general decline over time over the past couple of decades. However, as we outline in this chapter, in spite of these overall reductions in use, in recent decades, drug use is extending further into adulthood at higher rates of prevalence than has traditionally been the case. The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) ...

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