10 September 2019

Alcohol use and motivations for drinking among types of young adult illicit stimulant users

This research from the AIC examined drinking among young adult users of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) during episodes of ecstasy and methamphetamine use  among low-risk and at-risk ATS users. At-risk users were found to be more likely to have experienced alcohol abuse and dependence during adolescence or early adulthood, suggesting that higher-risk use of ATS may be linked with problematic drinking patterns. Furthermore, the research suggests that problematic behaviour relating to alcohol and ATS use is interlinked, and may be an important consideration when developing appropriate policy responses.