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Declining youth drinking: A matter of faith?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Public Health Sciences. Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs, Sweden; Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1679-3506
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2022 (English)In: Drug and Alcohol Review, ISSN 0959-5236, E-ISSN 1465-3362, Vol. 41, no 4, p. 721-723Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
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Youth drinking has declined in many high-income countries for two decades. This development is still largely unexplained. Developing evidence and extending our understanding as to the mechanisms behind these changes is imperative for advising governments and policy makers on how to support and maintain the trends. Given the international scope of the trends, comparative studies have been suggested for improving our understanding of the development. In this commentary, we explore the patterns observed across several waves of the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs between 1999 and 2019, and how these match-up with the World Values Survey. We found that the declines in youth drinking are limited to a smaller number of countries and that in Europe these are all found in two groups from the World Values Survey, protestant Europe and English-speaking countries. If the declines in youth drinking are systematic and limited to a smaller number of countries, this challenges some of the hypothesised drivers of this development, but can also help guide future research.

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2022. Vol. 41, no 4, p. 721-723
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alcohol, change, European School survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs, youth, adolescent, drinking behavior, epidemiology, Europe, human, income, school, underage drinking, Alcohol Drinking, Humans, Schools
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Substance Abuse Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-208717DOI: 10.1111/dar.13411ISI: 000724337700001PubMedID: 34856025Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85120328319OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-208717DiVA, id: diva2:1693916
Available from: 2022-09-08 Created: 2022-09-08 Last updated: 2022-09-08Bibliographically approved

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