The statistics are based on questionnaires completed by 7,831 pupils in 273 English schools in autumn 2007. The pupils involved in the survey were in years 7 to 11 and most were aged 11 to 15.
The number of pupils who have never drunk alcohol was shown to have risen from 39% in 2001 to 46% in 2007. ¬¬
Only 20% of pupils had drunk alcohol in the last 7 days, compared with 26% in 2001.
Drug use was also shown to have decreased from 12% in 2001 to 10% in 2007.
The numbers of pupils trying smoking has also fallen from 53% in 1982 to 33% in 2007.
The survey was carried out by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).