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Generation “no thanks”

Young people are drinking and smoking less, taking fewer drugs and having fewer babies

On a downer

Drugs and the young

In 1998, a clear majority of youngsters (54 per cent) said they’d taken drugs; by 2016 it was more like a third (36 per cent). The use of LSD has been fading faster than a hallucination—back in 1996, when today’s Centrist Dads were ravers, 13 per cent had dropped acid; by 2016 it was 3 per cent. “Despair” drugs like heroin have also declined (from 1.6 per cent in 2000 to 0.1 per cent), and despite the media panic, “legal high” use is now falling too, from 6.1 per cent in 2014 to 4.2 per cent last year. The only drug to defy the trend is cocaine, which has held steady at about 10 per cent since 2000.

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In Prospect’s January 2018 issue: Five writers attempt to plot the impending advances in shopping, politics, sex, food and computing through 2018. James Plunkett looks at shopping and explains how personalised prices will hand even more power to the big companies; Theo Bertram outlines why political volatility is here to stay and what it means for us; Kate Devlin argues that sex robots are only a part of the impending sexual revolution; Stephanie Boland outlines why we’ll all end up eating lab grown food; and Jay Elwes explains the next steps in our computing quantum leap. Elsewhere in the issue: Dani Rodrik uncovers the truth behind the great globalisation lie—there were always going to be losers, Iona Craig delves into the war in Yemen—the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, Chris Tilbury explains why Britain urgently needs a plan for its failing prisons