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Drugs and Alcohol

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Adults aged 18 to 34 are less likely to say they drink alcohol than were young adults in prior decades, while drinking is up among those 55 and older.

Twelve percent of U.S. adults smoked cigarettes in the past week, similar to last year's 11% and significantly lower than any measurement before 2022.

The 39% of Americans who think drinking in moderation is unhealthy is an 11-percentage-point increase since 2018 and is largely due to a shift in young adults' views.

More than six in 10 Americans report that they drink alcohol, and 19% of drinkers admit to overindulging sometimes. Beer remains more popular than liquor or wine in the U.S., but liquor's appeal has grown.

Half of Americans (50%) say they have tried marijuana at some time, a new high point for this behavior that has been inching up over the past quarter century.

Of 15 key issues, Americans worry most about inflation and the economy, with concerns about drug use and Social Security increasing in the past year.

Drinking alcohol is common in U.S. society, although far from universal.

The cigarette smoking rate among young adults in the U.S. has fallen by more than 20 points in the past two decades. Young adults are now more likely to smoke marijuana or electronic cigarettes than tobacco cigarettes.

More than two-thirds of Americans favor legalizing marijuana, with ideology, religiosity, party identification and age most predictive of support.

While Americans' cigarette use is in steep decline, future changes in their use of marijuana and alcohol are uncertain.

Americans are split right down the middle over whether they think marijuana's effect on society is positive or negative. Their views about its effect on users tilt slightly positive.

Sixteen percent of Americans say they smoke marijuana, statistically similar to the 12% to 13% figures Gallup recorded from 2016 to 2021.

Broad majorities of Americans believe the use of alcohol adversely affects society and drinkers themselves. Two-thirds of U.S. adults continue to imbibe.

Nearly one in three Americans (32%) say that drug use has been a cause of trouble in their family.

More than two in three Americans (68%) support legalizing marijuana, matching the record high reached a year ago.

Americans have become slightly less likely to say they drink alcoholic beverages, and those who imbibe are drinking less, on average.

The percentage of Americans who have tried marijuana has increased to a new high of 49%, as younger generations have been more likely than older generations to have tried it.

A record-high 68% of Americans support legalizing marijuana, including majorities of most demographic groups.