Key results 2015

Bulgarian students reported higher than average levels of use for six of the eight key variables studied. For cigarette use in the last 30 days, alcohol use in the last 30 days, heavy episodic drinking in the same period of time and lifetime use of cannabis the results for Bulgaria exceeded the ESPAD average by some 10 percentage points. For example, 59 % of the Bulgarian students reported having used alcohol in the last 30 days, compared to the average for all countries (48 %). Bulgaria also scored higher on lifetime use of illicit drugs other than cannabis (11 % versus 5 %) and lifetime use of NPS, which was twice as high in the Bulgarian study (8 % versus 4 %). However, the results showed that lifetime use of inhalants and non-prescription use of tranquillisers or sedatives were slightly below the ESPAD average. Still, the conclusion is that the Bulgarian students scored higher than average on several important key variables.

Country facts:
Area: 110600 km2
Population: 7,4 million

Country contacts: 

Anina Chileva 
Principal Investigator

National Centre of Public Health and Analyses
Acad. Ivan Evst. Geshov 15 blvd
1431 Sofia
Tel: +359 28056 229