The nation's youth drug culture is not as bad as reports may suggest, according to a new study.
Research by Helpline 'FRANK', says that teenagers commonly overstate their personal drug habits, simply to impress their peers.
Those particularly guilty of exaggerating their experiences were said to be from the South East of England.
Boys were found to be twice as likely as girls to supply misleading information in order to impress their friends.
Speaking to the BBC, FRANK spokesman Darren Hall said the report should be seen in a positive light.
"It is encouraging that while young people may talk about drug-taking, they aren't necessarily experimenting with drugs themselves," he said.
"However, it's important to get the facts about drugs rather than relying on hearsay or urban myths.
"Drugs can be dangerous and taking them is not a fashion statement."
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