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European School Survey on Alcohol and Other Drugs

Swedish teenage girls drink more than boys

Teenage girls drink more than boys according to survey but overall alcohol consumption is down. Photo: Tor Johnsson/Scanpix

Swedish teenage girls drink more often than boys their age, according to a new European survey.

The European school survey on drugs and alcohol, Espad, found that 41 percent of 16-year-old girls had consumed alcohol in the last month, compared to 34 percent of boys.

Sweden was one of the few European countries surveyed where girls admitted to drinking more than boys. It was the only country where more girls than boys said they had drank a bottle of wine, or its equivalent, in the last 30 days.

The survey also confirmed a trend in recent years towards lower alcohol consumption.

Last year just over a third (38 percent) of 16-year-olds said they had drunk in the last month compared to 44 percent five years ago.

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