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Being filmed while drinking is common among Swedish youth

About a fifth of the students who have been drinking alcohol in the past 12 months has responded that they have been photographed or filmed in an embarrassing or abusive situation. This is shown in CAN’s report School pupils’ drug habits 2019.

Alcohol consumption has decreased among school students in the 2000s. And alcohol-related problems, which the students themselves report in the study, has also decreased. High school students continue the declining trend in this year’s survey, but in a ninth-grade, there are signs that the decline has stopped.

Among the students who drank alcohol, the most common alcohol-related problems were having broken things or clothes or having quarrels. About a fifth of students who have been drinking in the last 12 months reported being photographed or filmed in an embarrassing or abusive situation.

“Having been photographed or filmed in an abusive situation in connection with drinking alcohol is something that is more common nowadays when everyone has a mobile camera in their hand. The images can also end up online, and it can cause consequences, discomfort or worry for a longer time,” says Anna Englund, an investigator at CAN and editor of the report.

About a tenth of alcohol consumers have responded that they have driven motor vehicles, driven by a drunk driver, suffered an accident or been injured in connection with drinking alcohol.

“The ultimate purpose of studying drug use among school students is to capture a picture of the situation in order to prevent specific problems associated with use,” Anna Englund continues. “The study shows the development of some of these problems.”

The survey further shows that smoking has continued to decline among school students. On the other hand, the proportion of snus has increased for two consecutive years. It also shows that there has been a slight increase in the proportion of pupils in grade 9 who have used prescription sleep or sedative medicines without a doctor’s prescription. Over the past five years, usage has increased from 3% to 5%.

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