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Norway: More Young Drinkers on West Oslo, More Alcohol Problem on East

Youths on the west side of Oslo drink more alcohol than youth in the east. But the risk for alcohol problems is greater in the east, a new study shows, reports the Nordic Page.

80 percent of youths in 10th grade and first year of high school in the three wealthiest districts of Oslo – Ullern, Frogner and Vestre Aker – drink alcohol. On the other hand, less than half of youth in Oslo’s poorest neighborhoods drink alcohol, according to a new study done by researchers at the University of Oslo and social research institute NOVA.

The researchers points out that the reason for higher number of drinkers on the west side may be parents with common drinking habits and easy access to alcohol compared to the eastern side of the city.

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