SPIRITS, CIDER AND ALCOPOPS
Upper secondary school boys mainly drink strong beer, followed by spirits, cider and alcopops. Wine and mid-strength beers are less common. Upper secondary school girls usually drink alcopops and cider, followed by spirits and wine. They drink considerably less strong beer and mid-strength beer. Spirits are most common amongst ninth graders.
Most people drink spirits. It gets you drunker and you don't need to drink so much.
Jesper, aged 15, Umeå
In 2020, 28 per cent of ninth graders had drunk some form of illicit alcohol, i.e. home-distilled or smuggled beer, wine or spirits. The corresponding share amongst upper secondary school students was 44 per cent, 2019. The percentage who had drunk smuggled alcohol has not changed very much over the past 20 years, while the percentage who had drunk home-distilled or home-brewed alcohol (7 per cent in 9th grade) has declined sharply 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. However, it definitely is. A sixpack of large cans of mid-strength beer contains almost as much alcohol as, for example, 6 normal-sized drinks.