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

The Netherlands had the highest prevalence of ecstasy use among adults in Europe as of 2018, with approximately 3.3 percent of the population reported to using ecstasy. This was followed by Ireland with 2.1 percent of the population and then the United Kingdom at 1.7 percent. Only 0.1 percent of respondents in Romania, Portugal, Turkey and Cyprus reported using ecstasy in this period.

Demographics of users in the Netherlands

Among the younger age groups is where both frequent and infrequent users of ecstasy is found in the Netherland. Almost 23 percent of those aged between 20 and 24 years having tried ecstasy at some point in their lives, as of a 2017 survey. While almost five percent in the same age group stated they had taken ecstasy in the past month

Use of other drugs in the EU

Cannabis is by far the most used drug across the population of the European Union, with over a quarter using at some point during in lifetime. This is followed by cocaine which reportedly five percent have used in their life and then amphetamines with 3.6 percent of individuals having used. Additionally, cannabis was the most seized drug in Europe in 2016, with 69 percent of all seizures being a form of cannabis.

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

Share of population
Netherlands 3.3%
Ireland 2.1%
United Kingdom 1.7%
Bulgaria 1.3%
Estonia 1.2%
Finland 1.1%
Norway 1%
Sweden 0.9%
Hungary 0.9%
Czechia 0.8%
France 0.6%
Slovakia 0.6%
Croatia 0.6%
Germany 0.6%
Spain 0.6%
Denmark 0.5%
Poland 0.4%
Austria 0.4%
Lithuania 0.4%
Italy 0.4%
Latvia 0.3%
Slovenia 0.3%
Belgium 0.3%
Luxembourg 0.2%
Greece 0.2%
Cyprus 0.1%
Turkey 0.1%
Portugal 0.1%
Romania 0.1%
Loading statistic...
You need to log in to download this statistic
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in
Show detailed source information?
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in

Release date

June 2019



Survey time period


Age group

15-64 years

Supplementary notes

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

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Basic Account
Get to know the platform

You only have access to basic statistics.

Single Account
Your perfect start with Statista
  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references

$59 / Month *

Corporate Account
Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

* All products require an annual contract.
   Prices do not include sales tax.

Statistics on "Drug use in Europe"

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Learn more about how Statista can support your business.