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7% of men in Ireland have tried cocaine

By Brian Hutton

Seven per cent of men living in Ireland has tried cocaine at some stage in their life, a cross-border poll has revealed.

But people are using the drug less since the economic boom years, some because of its cost and others because of health worries.

Orla Dempsey, researcher with the National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol (NACDA), said men and woman were kicking the habit for different reasons.

"The main reason for stopping among men and young people is that they can no longer afford to use cocaine, whereas older adults and females just don't want to use it any more. That was their reason for stopping," she said.

The study of of 7,669 people aged between 15 and 64, in the Republic and Northern Ireland, found that 7% of the island's population had tried cocaine at least once.

The average user first took the drug at the age of 21.

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