Cocaine use in the past 12 months in Europe as of 2018*, by country

As of 2018, the United Kingdom had the highest prevalence of cocaine use in Europe at 2.7 percent of the population having used in the previous year. This was followed by Spain and the Netherlands which both had 2.2 percent of individuals using cocaine in this period.

Breakdown of cocaine users in the UK

When broken down by age, the highest prevalence of cocaine users in the UK is found in the youngest age groups. Almost five percent of those aged 15 to 24 years used cocaine in 2016, and 3.3 percent in the above age group, 25 to 34 years, used in the same year.

Harms of cocaine use

In Scotland, since the year 2000 the share of drug related hospital stays as a result of cocaine use has increased significantly. Growing from one percent in 2000, to over eight percent in 2017. While in England and Wales, the number of deaths as a result of cocaine use has been increasing over the last 25 years. Rising from 11 deaths in 1993 to 432 in 2017.

Prevalence of cocaine use in the last year in Europe as of 2018*, by country

Share of population
United Kingdom 2.7%
Netherlands 2.2%
Spain 2.2%
France 1.6%
Denmark 1.6%
Ireland 1.5%
Italy 1.2%
Sweden 1.2%
Norway 1.1%
Croatia 0.8%
Estonia 0.7%
Germany 0.6%
Slovenia 0.5%
Finland 0.5%
Belgium 0.5%
Latvia 0.5%
Luxembourg 0.4%
Greece 0.4%
Austria 0.4%
Hungary 0.3%
Bulgaria 0.3%
Romania 0.2%
Cyprus 0.2%
Poland 0.2%
Portugal 0.2%
Turkey 0.1%
Lithuania 0.1%
Czechia 0.1%
Slovakia 0.1%
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Source

Release date

June 2019

Region

Europe

Survey time period

2018*

Age group

15-64 years

Supplementary notes

* Data represents the results for the last survey available in each country

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