Sweden: IOGT-NTO and Swedish Society of Medicine´s report “Alcohol and Society”

IOGT-NTO and Swedish Society of Medicine published in December 2013 a joint report “Alcohol and society” focusing on alcohol consumption among youth and young adults.

The report is written by a panel of world leading alcohol researchers, chaired by Harold Holder.

“Levels of alcohol consumption amongst Swedish teenagers and young adults are worrying. Alcohol is currently the biggest mortality and injury risk factor amongst young people aged between 16 and 24. Young people aged between 18 and 24 currently account for 35 per cent of all alcohol-related DUI deaths, even though this group accounts for only 7 per cent of drivers,” the summary of the report states.

“Extensive international research shows that young people who drink alcohol also run a greater risk of suffering accidental injuries (e.g. falls, drowning and alcohol poisoning), violence (e.g. murder, suicide and child abuse), and that their academic performance and productivity declines.

Studies have also shown that binge drinking at a young age increases the risk of risky alcohol consumption in adult years, while a Swedish study has shown that the development of premature dementia is also linked to youth drinking.”

“In this article, researchers have compiled suggestions for effective preventative measures aimed at young people aged between 15 and 25. The researchers propose that, in order to reduce youth drinking and the ensuing harm, that Sweden raises the price of
alcohol and reduces young people’s access to alcohol, and that the Government could be active in protecting its sovereignty in restricting alcohol marketing. All of the measures proposed by the researchers are supported by international research
and are proven to be effective in reducing alcohol-related harm in young people.”

Reports English version can be found HERE.