Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use (SDD) Among Young People in England Survey

Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use (SDD) Among Young People in England Survey is now live! To register your interest please email

Welcome to the Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People Survey 2023 information page. The survey has been running since 1982 and is the Government’s main source of information on alcohol, drug and tobacco use among young people in England. The findings are used by government departments and local authorities in policy-making and to evaluate the impact of changes in laws. Government users of the data include the Department of Health and Social Care, the Department for Education, and the Home Office.

For example, the data has been used to:

The data is also used by a wide range of other organisations. For example:

What the survey users say about the data:

"We have conducted local surveys on drug and alcohol use and the national survey is invaluable as a baseline to compare ourselves to." - Local Authority

"The smoking, drinking and drug use (SDD) survey is the prime source of data on young people’s drinking and drug use and is essential for an understanding of trends and developments in this crucial area. No other survey has the wealth, depth or scope of data that the SDD provides." - Local Authority

"The survey is incredibly useful. It is incredibly important in understanding the habits and patterns of young drinkers, which is vital in helping shape the industry’s response to underage drinking." - Private sector company

The links below provide more information and contact details for any further questions you may have:

If you would like to look at the questions that pupils will be asked, you can see the survey here: