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Australia Is Leading the World in Ecstasy Consumption

A new study shows Aussies are absolutely pinging off chops.
December 1, 2015, 3:29pm

This year we've explored the question of whether [club culture is in a state of decline](,, and investigated the role that drugs can play in supporting, or stifling, a community built around partying. But while in Australia our festivals may be struggling (RIP Future) and most of our decent DJs still have to make coffee or move to Berlin to cover rent, there is one sign that the party is far from over.


A recent study looking at data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has broken down where different drugs are most popular around the world. The study looked at the percentage of the population taking certain drugs per capita, to reveal not how much we're consuming, but rather how widely we're consuming it.

While some results were hardly surprising—the US loves prescription opioids like OxyContin or Morphine, Afghanistan is all about opiates such as heroin—some were less expected. When it comes to adults using ecstasy, Australia is leading the world, with New Zealand coming in second. Almost three percent of Australia's adult population loves to smash Es.

Other interesting revelations from the study show that Iceland has the highest percent of weed use, El Salvador leads for prescription and amphetamine-type stimulants, and Scotland loves cocaine the most.

We guess that explains why Icelanders are so chill, El Savadorians are so chatty, and Scotts are always trying to fuck or fight you.

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