Maturing on a high: prevalence, patterns and trends in recreational drug use in adulthood

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In recent decades, we have witnessed how recreational drug use is extending further into adulthood than has traditionally been the case. Analyzing survey data from America, Australia, and England and Wales this chapter summarizes the extent and patterns of adult recreational drug use from the end of early adulthood to older adulthood, as well as recent and long-term trends. The chapter considers some explanations for these findings drawing on the concept of a cohort replacement effect, the impact of transitions to adulthood, and the functions of recreational drug use. Research and policy implications of the findings are discussed.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSAGE Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies
Subtitle of host publicationSocial Science Approaches
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)978-1446298664
ISBN (Print)1446298663
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2016

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