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de Looze, Margaretha and Raaijmakers, Quinten AW and ter Bogt, Tom and Bendtsen, Pernille and Farhat, Tilda and Ferreira, Mafalda and Godeau, Emmanuelle and Kuntsche, Emmanuel and Molcho, Michal and Pförtner, Timo-Kolja and Simons-Morton, Bruce and Vieno, Alessio and Vollebergh, W and Pickett, William (2015) Decreases in adolescent weekly alcohol use in Europe and North America: evidence from 28 countries from 2002 to 2010. European Journal of Public Health , 25 , (Supplement 2) , pp. 69-72.

This study examined trends in adolescent weekly alcohol use between 2002 and 2010 in 28 European and North American countries.
Methods: Analyses were based on data from 11-, 13- and 15-year-old adolescents who participated in the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) study in 2002, 2006 and 2010.
Results: Weekly alcohol use declined in 20 of 28 countries and in all geographic regions, from 12.1 to 6.1% in Anglo-Saxon countries, 11.4 to 7.8% in Western Europe, 9.3 to 4.1% in Northern Europe and 16.3 to 9.9% in Southern Europe. Even in Eastern Europe, where a stable trend was observed between 2002 and 2006, weekly alcohol use declined between 2006 and 2010 from 12.3 to 10.1%. The decline was evident in all gender and age subgroups.

Conclusions: These consistent trends may be attributable to increased awareness of the harmful effects of alcohol for adolescent development and the implementation of associated prevention efforts, or changes in social norms and conditions. Although the declining trend was remarkably similar across countries, prevalence rates still differed considerably across countries.


Item Type:Article
Date:2015
Page Range:pp. 69-72
Volume:25
Number:Supplement 2
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Accession Number:HRB (Available)
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Substance related societal (social) problems > Underage drinking
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use
T Demographic characteristics > Underage drinker
VA Geographic area > Europe
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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