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Youths Get Alcohol from Family, Friends

Published lördag 5 juni 2010 kl 11.13
Graduation festivities in Stockholm on Friday, complete with the iconic white "student caps."

A new survey indicates that underage drinkers usually procure alcohol from people they already know, newspaper Svenska Dagbladet writes. Over half of the 1,000 youths interviewed maintained that they get alcohol from people their same age, although one fourth said that they buy from unknown peddlers.

Thirty-four percent said that family members bought them the alcohol.

With the end of school and graduations lined up, many Swedish youngsters turn to drink at this time of the year. The legal drinking age in Sweden is 18, but one is not allowed to buy alcohol stronger than 3.5% until the age of 20.

All sales of the stronger sort occur at Systembolaget stores, officially called the Swedish Alcohol Retailing Monopoly.

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