Useful contacts and more info

It can sometimes be good to talk to someone who knows a bit more about teenagers and alcohol. Below you’ll find a list of some of the organisations you can contact if you feel that you need help. Some of them are aimed at adults, others at young people.

Useful contacts for adults

Social services

The place to contact social workers who are used to talking to teenagers and parents about all sorts of issues. You’ll find contact details on your local authority’s website

Childhood and adolescence psychiatric services (BUP)

This is the place to go if you want support from a psychologist or doctor. Search online and contact your local clinic.

Alkohollinjen: Tel. 020-844 448

For anyone worried about their own or someone else’s alcohol consumption. Open: Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. and Friday 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Find out more at alkohollinjen.se

BRIS adult helpline: Tel. 077-150 50 50

Help line for adults who want to talk about matters involving children and young people.  Open: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–12 noon.

Föräldralinjen: Tel. 020-85 20 00

For anyone who wants support in their role as a parent, or who’s worried about either their own child or a child in their circle.  Open: weekdays: 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. and Thursdays from 7– 9 p.m. Find out more at mind.se

Useful contacts for youngsters

Youth guidance centres (UMO and YOUMO)

Open to anyone aged between 13 and 25 years of age. Find answers to your questions about relationships, alcohol, drugs and other subjects. Go to umo.se for a list of phone numbers to every UMO clinic in Sweden.

Youmo is a part om UMO and available in English as well as Arabic, Dari, Somali or Tigrinya. Find out more at youmo.se

BRIS helpline and chat: 116 111

Call, chat, or email with a Guidance Officer. For everyone under the age of 18. Open: 7 days a week, 2-9 p.m. Find out more at bris.se

jourhavandekompis.se

A Red Cross chat helpline for young people up to the age of 25. Open: weekdays, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday, 2–5 p.m.

teamtilia.se

Chat function for young people and young adults who need someone who listens. Open: 7 days a week, 9-10.30 p.m.

killfragor.se

Support website for guys aged between 10 and 20. Chat open: Sunday-Thursday, 7-9 p.m.

tjejzonen.se

Support for girls up to the age of 25, including “Big Sister” support and chat. Chat open: Sunday-Thursday, 8-10 p.m.

maskrosbarn.org

Support  for young people growing up with parents who have mental health or substance abuse issues. Chat open: in the evenings, Sunday-Friday.

tryggabarnen.org: tel. 070-47 77 910

For young people living closely with someone who has problems with alcohol, drugs or mental health. Open 7 days a week. Chat function on Snapchat, username: Trygga Barnen.

Additional info for adults

iq.se

More facts and tips about alcohol and the work of IQ.

tonårsparlören.se

Online and download version of The Teenage Phrasebook, along with information in other languages.  Available to order and as an audiobook version in Swedish.

folkhälsomyndigheten.se

The Public Health Agency of Sweden. Facts, news and statistics about alcohol and other drugs.

can.se

The Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs – CAN. Facts about alcohol and other drugs.

1177.se

Self-test and information on alcohol, etc.

alkoholhjälpen.se

Tips and advice for anyone worried about their own or someone else’s alcohol consumption

omsystembolaget.se

Information and facts about alcohol and health.

nonsmoking.se

A Non-Smoking Generation. Information and support aimed at persuading young people not to use tobacco.

fmn.se

Parents Against Drugs Association. Information and support for family of narcotics users.

cannabishjalpen.se

For anyone affected by cannabis.

mind.se

A charity that works to promote mental health and to support people in crisis.

raddabarnen.se/rad-och-kunskap/foralder

Support and handbooks on a number of subjects for parents and adults dealing with children.

Useful websites for youngsters

youmo.se

Youth Guidance Centres online. Information and support for young people on a range of issues, including alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Find out more at

drugsmart.com

Information and a discussion forum on alcohol, cannabis, tobacco and other drugs.

ungadrogforebyggare.se

Charitable organisation of young people who work to prevent drug use by spreading knowledge and moulding public opinion.

bris.se

Children and young people can call the BRIS (Children’s Rights in Society) helpline on 116 111, or email them (BRIS mail) or chat online (BRIS chat).

tjejjouren.se

Facts and figures database. Girls’ Guide and contact details for all “tjejjouren” and youth clinics throughout Sweden.

cannabishjalpen.se

For everyone affected by cannabis

trafikverket.se/ddd/

The Swedish Transport Administration. Don’t Drink and Drive – promoting sober driving and helping prevent young people from being injured in traffic.

If you want to do more

There’s a lot you can do to support and be there for teenagers. Maybe you can take part in night-time patrols, or make it easier for them to say “no”, or help promote a smarter approach to alcohol in some other way.

Teenagers and alcohol

There are many considerations that can easily arise when your child becomes a teenager. But first and foremost: how do young people think about drinking themselves? And why is it more dangerous to drink alcohol in adolescence than as an adult?

Take responsibility

Maybe you sometimes feel pretty helpless as a parent. But there’s a lot you can do. As always showing that you care, that you’re there and that you are happy to listen. And often it’s important to be clear about what you expect of your teenager.

If parents are not around

Festivals, home parties and trips abroad are examples of situations where adults are rarely present. There are some pitfalls that you, as a parent, should be aware of and that you can teach your teenager how to handle.

Yes or no?

The clearer you communicate your expectations, the easier it is for your teenager to take a stand or do what you say. Also, think about what sort of message and values you’re conveying to your child.

The teenage years

The teenage years are a very special time in your child’s life. Teenagers are navigating the frontier lands between childhood and adulthood and there are a lot of new things to handle: school, friends, being allowed to stay out late, sex, parties and – not least – alcohol.

Teenager’s drinking habits

Not only is it illegal to buy alcohol for young people, but most adults think that alcohol is something teenagers should be avoiding. So where are teenagers getting their alcohol? How much do they drink? And what sort of problems do young people experience in connection to alcohol?

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