Spirits and strong beer are most popular with boys
Followed, generally, by cider and alcopops. Wine and midstrength beers (2.25 per cent–3.5 per cent by volume) are, by contrast, not particularly popular
Girls usually drink spirits, alcopops or cider
They usually drink considerably less strong beer, mid-strength beer and wine. Spirits are more popular with girls than boys.
Most people drink spirits. It gets you drunker and you don't need to drink so much.
Jesper, aged 15, Umeå
Smuggled and home-distilled spirits
In 2018, 26 per cent of ninth graders and almost half (49 per cent) of year 2 upper secondary school students had drunk some form of illegal alcohol, i.e. home-distilled or smuggled beer, spirits, or wine. The percentage who had drunk smuggled alcohol has increased slightly over the past 5 years, while the percentage who had drunk home-distilled or home-brewed alcohol (5 per cent in 9th grade and 9 per cent in upper secondary school) has remained relatively stable over the same period. Drinking illegal alcohol is more common amongst girls than boys.
Mid-strength beer is stronger than many think
When teenagers start drinking stronger and stronger beverages, there’s a risk that they will regard weaker drinks as harmless. Getting drunk on mid-strength beer can seem almost impossible, but the fact is that it is actually perfectly possible. A six-pack of mid-strength beer contains almost as much alcohol as, for example, 6 glasses of wine.