Alcohol less popular among teenagers

Drinking alcohol has become less popular among teenagers, according to a report published Thursday by CAN, the Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drug.

Less than half of the 15-year-olds asked, said they had consumed alcohol in the past year.

"For the first time, less than half of the ninth-graders drink alcohol," said the Director of CAN, Håkan Leifman

Of the ninth-graders, 47 percent said they had drunk alcohol at least once in the past year. Last year that figure was 52 percent, and in 2004, it was 73 percent. Going back even further, in the 1970's, nine out of ten 15-year-olds had drunk alcohol in the past year.

"There are many possible reasons. There is a health trend, and there has been much preventative work done. Parents have become more restrictive about offering alcohol and there are more immigrant students and they drink less," says Leifman.

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