Drug abuse drops to a record low among Icelandic teenagers

According to a new study the number of teenagers who either drink or have used drugs has dropped to an all-time low. The study, conducted by researchers with Rannsókn og Greining, shows that alcohol consumption among teenagers aged 15-16 years is now the exception, instead of being the norm. Nearly half of teenagers aged 16-20 have never tasted alcohol.

The study revealed that in 2016 only 5% of teenagers aged 15-16 had tasted alcohol in the previous 30 days, compared to 42% in 1998. Smoking had similarly decreased from 23% of 15-16 year olds who smoked daily down to just 3%. More teenagers had tried cannabis than smoked regularly: 7% of 15-16 year olds had tried cannabis.

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