More young Danes prefer cannabis to alcohol

New figures from the Danish National Institute of Public Health show that cannabis use is up among high school students while drinking is down, The Local reports.

According to a survey from the Danish National Institute of Public Health (Statens Institut for Folkesundhed), cannabis use has increased significantly amongst teenaged Danes. Since 1996, the number of male high school students who have experimented with cannabis has grown from 26 to 50 percent. Usage amongst girls has gone from 19 to 31 percent over the same time period.

Twelve percent of the 70,000 respondents said that they have smoked marijuana in the past month and 6.8 percent of girls and 22 percent of boys said they have done it at least ten times.

While cannabis use is growing in popularity, excessive drinking is on the decline.

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