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Computers keep Swedish teens away from drink & drugs

Published måndag 18 december 2006 kl 11.57
Swedish teens are too busy surfing to be drinking

New figures show the number of 15 year olds drinking alcohol or taking illegal substances has fallen.

More than 30 per cent of children aged around 15 told researchers they never drink alcohol, compared to 20 per cent in the 90’s. And only 6 per cent claim to have tried illegal drugs, when that figure was at 10 per cent 5 years ago.

One of the explanations is thought to be that they have less time to kill, as they spend so long in front of their computer screens.

The Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and other Drugs says attitudes to drinking seem to have changed, despite the fact that cheap spirits have never been easier to get hold of in Sweden.

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