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  • Lauri Beekmann

Sweden: Drinking among young people still widespread

27.01.2023 - The supply of alcohol to young people is still widespread. And it is friends, siblings and parents who provide the alcohol. But if they said no and refrained from buying alcohol, almost half of young people, 45%, would refrain from acquiring alcohol.

This is the result of the survey "Who can you trust?" conducted by CAN, The Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs, on behalf of Systembolaget and the county administrative boards.

Since 2004, the Swedish people have been drinking less and less alcohol. This is shown in previous reports from CAN. It is mainly among young people that consumption is decreasing.

However, the "Who can you trust" survey shows that drinking among young people is still common. One in five 16-year-olds say they have drunk alcohol in the past month.

It is mainly friends, siblings and parents who provide the alcohol. If these refrained from dealing, almost half of minors, 45%, would choose to refrain from obtaining alcohol.

"It is illegal to deal alcohol to minors. One of the most important parts of Systembolaget's mission is to protect young people from alcohol. That's why we work hard to check IDs and to inform young people about the importance of not buying alcohol. Saying no to buying alcohol can make a big difference," says Malin Sandquist, Head of Corporate & Society and Communications, Systembolaget.

The survey shows that 16 per cent of all young people in Sweden have bought alcohol via a so-called hinkkonto on social media. A figure that may be higher in metropolitan areas where the phenomenon is more common than in the rest of the country.

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