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Habits: Most drug users are happy, successful people with a taste for the good life

Most young drug users are not stereotypical sad, lonely losers, according to a new study. Jason Bennetto and Benjamin Todd examine the findings of a report that suggests the Government needs to rethink its drugs policy.

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Be here now. Alternatively do a degree in it

Fancy decoding the semiotics of the skateboard? How about a module of Intermediate Moshing? Matthew Sweet analyses Youth Studies

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Youth Culture: Dangers that lurk in the shadows of clubland

Every weekend, millions of young people take illegal drugs and dance in dark rooms filled with loud music. But there are many dangers lurking in the shadows. Next month a meeting of club owners, doctors and police will discuss how to make it a safe pastime. Paul McCann reports.

Youth Culture: Judge Jules is Radio 1's new dance weapon

Radio 1 has poached its fourth star disc jockey from its rival station, Kiss FM, as it moves itself relentlessly into the dance music arena.

Whatever happened to Weekends?

It was the aftermath of World War Two and the advent of the mainstream leisure which created the weekend as we know it. Before this, the larger portion of the population were deeply deprived, far too busy contending with acute unemployment and widespread poverty.

The war on drugs is a dialogue of the deaf

Over recent weeks a succession of backbench MPs, senior police and community figures have been calling for a rethink on the so-called "war on drugs". Last month the Government called for applications for the post of "Drugs Czar", an impressive-sounding post whose holder will be responsible for harmonising Britain's ragged drugs policy. And following the shooting to death of a five-year-old boy in Bolton, the Prince's Trust and the Police Foundation have announced an inquiry lofty enough to earn the epithet of an unofficial Royal Commission into drugs.

Charity to study need for drug law change

A "long overdue" inquiry into the effectiveness of the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act was announced yesterday by an independent research charity.

100 days of Labour: how Blair's revolution has taken shape

Agnes Severin and Louise Hancock on youth's reaction to the new regime

LETTER : The baby boomers betrayed us first

The baby boomers were those born in the late 1940s, conceived when the servicemen returned from the war, and do not include those born earlier ("Baby boomers find that growing old is not so absolutely fabulous", 1 June). Few will remember the austerity that followed the war, let alone the war itself or the depression that preceded it. For most, their earliest memories are of the "never had it so good" years.

An exchange of hostilities

Youngsters are saying `nein' to living with a strange family abroad, as Diana Hinds discovers

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HARD, SOFT AND WET: The Digital Revolution Comes of Age by Melanie McGrath, HarperCollins pounds 5.99

Abstractly fabulous

Shops, clubs and bars are buying abstract art - and instant cultural cred

The Intelligent Consumer: Style police - The Seventies: Just say no

A little playful irony is all very well, but faun nylon trews and flicked hairdos? Enough is enough, demands James Sherwood
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Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

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Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

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