DENMARK - Youth

According to the report "Alcohol habits of young people in Denmark in 2014" (2014) that has been created by the Danish Cancer Society and TrygFonden’s alcohol campaign with the Danish title, ”Fuld af liv”, majority of young people aged 15-25 have tried alcohol, and eight out of ten have been drunk.

 

Six out of ten young people aged between 15-25 state that their parents had permitted them to drink alcohol before they were 16 years old. Fewer young people aged 15-20 than those aged 21-25 were allowed to drink alcohol before they were 16 years old.

 

By far the majority of young people aged 15-25 are aware of the age restrictions on the purchase of alcohol in Denmark. 27% of young people aged 15-25 believe that purchasing alcohol should be banned for those aged under 18. Among those aged 15-17, who would personally be affected by an age limit of 18, barely one in four (23%) support an age limit of 18 for the purchase of alcohol.

 

The respondents were also asked about the illness they believe heavy alcohol consumption can lead to. The majority mention liver disease (85%). One in four thinks that heavy alcohol consumption can lead to heart disease, while 16% believe that it can lead to alcohol dependence and alcohol poisoning. Furthermore, 16% believe that heavy alcohol consumption can lead to cancer and finally, 15% believe that it can lead to brain and/or nerve damage.

 

According to another survey, almost a quarter (24 per cent) of all Danes over 18 who drink alcohol have felt pressured to drink more alcohol than they’ve wanted to. The survey, compiled by YouGov for Metroxpress newspaper, also showed that the figure shoots up to 42 per cent when only looking at young people aged 18-29.

 

2018 study (König et al) found that, in Denmark, an environment with high levels of alcohol availability and alcohol consumption, students aged 15 to 16 years who are at risk of high alcohol consumption and risky drinking are more likely to be in a peer group that drinks alcohol and to be experiencing problems with friends and at home. They are not likely to be performing poorly at school or to come from socio-economically deprived backgrounds. The study results indicate the likely importance of legal and cultural contexts; while alcohol consumption at the age of 15 years is not legal in Denmark, it is widespread, and students have very high exposure to alcohol.

 

Danish research: Ground rules can halt youth drinking

When parents set firm ground rules for drinking as kids, their children drink less than their counterparts, according to new Danish research published in March 2018.

 

One of the other trends discovered in the results was that alcohol consumption habits that were established during teenage years often persist through the start of adulthood. “There is a specific reason to be aware of teenagers who drink the most. They seem to maintain their leading drinking position up into adulthood," study authors concluded.