Sweden: Teens’ drinking habits at forty-year low

Underage drinking in Sweden is at its lowest level in over four decades, according to a new report, which also found that Swedish kids from the south are the most likely to consume alcohol.

The study was carried out by the Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs (Centralförbundet för alkohol- och narkotikaupplysning – CAN), a new member of NordAN network, and revealed that underage drinking is at a 40-year low.

“Although there are regional differences, we see a continued downward trend when it comes to alcohol consumption among ninth graders”, says Isabella Gripe, editor of the report. “There can be many different explanations, but one thing that we see in our study is that young people start to drink later.”

The report presents, in addition to national figures, regional differences in how consumption changed over the period of 1989-2013. The results show that Skåne County in several cases show higher levels of both alcohol, smoking and drugs while northern Sweden often exhibit lower rates.

All regions show increases in the second half of 90s and a decreasing trend since 2000/2001. Southern Sweden shows both the largest increase during the second half of the 90-s and the largest decrease over the last 12-13 years.

The report can be found here.