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Young Danes Are European Champions When It Comes To Drinking Alcohol

European Champions

The tedious record can lead to behaviors that one later regrets, the warning from the State Institute of Public Health sounds.

Danish 15-year-olds are European champions in full and drunk.

It shows a new report from the World Health Organization, WHO, writes the National Institute of Public Health.

The report has data from 227,000 European schoolchildren aged 11, 13 and 15 and shows that it is still Danish 15-year-olds who drink alcohol most often and have often tried to be drunk.

For example, 82 percent of Danish 15-year-olds have tried to drink alcohol, while 59 percent of their European peers have tried.

Increases risk of behavior you regret
The Danish Institute of Public Health, which is responsible for the Danish part of the study, calls the study ‘worrying’.

It is worrying that Danish students continue to have such dull alcohol behavior. We know that a large intake of alcohol – and especially a lot of alcohol at one time – increases the risk of, among other things, accidents, violence and sex and drug intake, which are later undone, says Mette Rasmussen, project manager and researcher, in a press release.

The report shows that 65 percent of Danish 15-year-olds have been drinking alcohol within the past month, and 42 percent have tried to be drunk at least twice. It is almost twice the average in Europe.

On average, 37 percent of European 15-year-olds have been drinking alcohol within the past month, and 20 percent have been drunk at least twice.

Looks better for the 11- and 13-year-olds
While the 15-year-olds mark themselves negatively in the study, it looks different for the 11- and 13-year-olds in Denmark.

They are located roughly in the middle among their peers around Europe in terms of experiences with alcohol and drunkenness.

– So it is especially the oldest Danish school students who stand out, says Mette Rasmussen.

– We know that a huge change is taking place, from the Danish young people being 13 years to the age of 15. They begin to party and become part of a culture where alcohol is a natural part of socializing with friends.

Source: dr.dk

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