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Table 2 Levels of substance use in UK backpackers while in the UK and when visiting Australia

From: Effects of backpacking holidays in Australia on alcohol, tobacco and drug use of UK residents

Frequency of use Alcohol Tobacco Cannabis Ecstasy Cocaine Crack Amphetamine Methamphetamine Crystal Meth LSD GHB Ketamine Steroids Heroin
UK % % % % % % % % % % % % % %
Never used 1.2 26.0 27.0 48.3 63.5 95.6 71.4 85.4 93.2 75.4 92.5 87.4 96.9 95.2
Used but not in last 12 months 1.1 15.1 20.1 17.8 13.9 3.3 16.4 9.6 4.6 19.0 6.0 8.9 2.2 3.5
Less than 1 day a week 6.8 7.5 25.6 23.8 18.8 0.8 8.8 3.1 1.6 5.1 1.4 3.3 0.6 0.8
1 day a week 16.8 4.1 7.9 6.1 2.0 0.2 1.8 1.1 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0
2 to 4 days a week 53.5 9.2 9.6 3.5 1.4 0.0 1.0 0.5 0.3 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.2
5 or more days a week 20.7 38.1 9.7 0.5 0.4 0.1 0.7 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2
Australia               
Never used in Australia 2.1 38.1 49.9 69.6 93.9 99.1 92.4 96.9 98.4 96.8 99.2 98.0 98.7 98.6
Less than 1 day a week 4.7 7.7 20.1 21.3 5.6 0.6 6.2 2.0 1.4 3.0 0.5 1.5 0.7 1.0
1 day a week 8.4 4.4 9.4 6.7 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.2
2 to 4 days a week 44.5 10.2 10.2 2.1 0.3 0.0 0.6 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.0
5 or more days a week 40.3 39.7 10.3 0.4 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.3 0.2
Countries recently used in 1               
Neither 1.6 36.3 40.0 60.5 76.1 98.5 85.9 93.8 96.7 92.9 98.0 95.1 98.7 97.8
UK Only 0.5 1.8 9.9 9.1 17.3 0.6 6.6 3.1 1.7 3.9 1.3 2.9 0.2 0.8
Australia Only 0.7 4.9 7.1 5.6 1.3 0.4 1.9 1.2 1.1 1.4 0.5 1.2 0.4 0.9
Both 97.2 57.1 43.0 24.9 5.3 0.5 5.7 1.9 0.5 1.8 0.2 0.8 0.7 0.5
McNemars 0.77 <0.001 <0.05 <0.01 <0.001 0.75 <0.001 <0.01 0.34 <0.005 0.1 <0.05 0.69 1.00
Change in frequency of use 2               
Australia>UK 35.0 13.2 28.4 9.2 5.7 0.0 7.0 10.5 20.0 5.6 0.0 0.0 28.6 0.0
UK>Australia 5.1 5.6 16.2 16.8 22.6 20.0 31.6 36.8 20.0 22.2 50.0 12.5 14.3 20.0
Unchanged 59.9 81.2 55.4 74.0 71.7 80.0 61.4 52.6 60.0 72.2 50.0 87.5 57.1 80.0
Wilcoxon's Signed Rank <0.001 <0.001 <0.005 <0.01 <0.05 0.32 <0.005 0.08 0.66 0.13 0.32 0.32 0.41 0.32
  1. 1Users in the UK are those that consumed the drug in their last 12 months in the UK. For Australia they are those that consumed the drug at any time during their current visit.
  2. 2Calculated only for those individuals that have currently used (see above)1 in both locations.