Useful contacts and more info

It can sometimes be good to talk to someone who knows a bit more about teenagers and alcohol, or about anything else, for that matter. See below for a list of some of the organisations you can contact when 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.

The alcohol line: Tel. 020-844 448

The Alcohol Line is 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

BRIS adult helpline: Tel. 0771-50 50 50

BRIS (Children’s Rights in Society) takes calls from adults who want to talk about matters involving children.
Open: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–12 noon.

Save the children’s parents’ helpline and parents’ email support: Tel. 020-786 786,

Talk to parents across Sweden and get help with issues relating to children and parenthood. The Parents’ Helpline is open Monday–Thursday, 6–9 p.m.

Parents’ helpline: Tel. 020-85 20 00

Talk to sociologists and psychologists who are there to support and help with your role as a parent. Open: weekdays: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays from 7– 9 p.m. Find out more at

Useful contacts for youngsters

BRIS helpline: Tel. 116 111

Anyone under the age of 18 can call the BRIS (Children’s Rights in Society) helpline and talk to a counsellor. Open: 7 days a week, 2–9 p.m. You can also email them or chat online via

Youth guidance centres (UMO)

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 for a list of phone numbers to every UMO clinic in Sweden.

A Red Cross chat helpline where young people can chat to an “on-call buddy”.
Open: weekdays, 6–10 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday, 2–6 p.m.

Online chat and email support for everyone aged 12 to 30. The chat function is available 7 days a week between 9 and
10.30 p.m.

”On-call buddy” for young men.
The chat function is available, MondayThursday, and Sunday, 7-9 p.m.

Support for girls, including “Big Sister” support. Chat Sunday-Thursday, 8-10 p.m.

Useful websites for adults

Information and facts about alcohol and about IQ’s communication and network.


Online and audiobook version of The Teenage Phrasebook. Available for download as a pdf and information in other languages.


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

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

1177 Health Care Helpline with a self-test and information on a range of subjects, including alcohol.


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

Information and facts about alcohol and health, including some focusing on young people.

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

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

For anyone affected by cannabis.

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

Useful websites for youngsters

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

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

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) via

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

For everyone affected by cannabis

(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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