Sweden: Young people drinking less

Alcohol consumption among ninth graders is at the lowest level in over 40 years, according to a new study by the Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs (CAN).

“It looks very positive in regards to alcohol. We have seen a downward trend for many years now,” CAN director Håkan Leifman told Swedish Radio.

Less than half of 15-year-olds have drunken alcohol during the past year, which is almost half as much as what it was in the beginning of the 2000s.

Even the age at which one gets drunk for the first time has increased. Seven percent of students in ninth grade answered that they had been drunk by the age 13, which is considerably lower than before. This year’s figures are the lowest since CAN began the surveys in 1971.

The development is not as clear when it comes to drugs.

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