Drug use and smoking have greatly decreased among Norwegian youth

The percentage of young people who’ve tried alcohol has decreased significantly. However, the focus on healthier lifestyles has led to an increase in mental disorders, according to researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
In a new report, they looked at the use of drugs and tobacco among Norwegians 15 and 16-year-olds in the past two decades. The findings show clearly that today’s youth in that age group drink and smoke less than their peers did in 1999.
The percentage of young people who said they’d drunk alcohol over the past 12 months had decreased from 78% in 1999 to 49% in 2015. The percentage of those who’d consumed alcohol over the past 30 days had been reduced from 55% to 24% over the same period of time.
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