SPIRITS, STRONG BEER, AND ALCOPOPS
Spirits are the most common drink amongst both boys and girls in the ninth grade, followed by strong beer amongst boys and alcopops or cider amongst girls. Upper secondary school boys mainly drink strong beer, while upper secondary school girls mainly drink spirits, alcopops, and cider.
SMUGGLED AND ILLICIT SPRITS
In 2022, 21 per cent of ninth graders and 35 per cent of year 2 upper secondary school students drank illegal alcohol, i.e. home-distilled or smuggled alcohol. The percentage who drank smuggled alcohol has not changed very much over the past 20 years, while the percentage of those who had drunk home-distilled alcohol has declined sharply over the same period.
Most people drink spirits. It gets you drunker and you don't need to drink so much.
Jesper, aged 15, Umeå
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 that’s not the case. A sixpack of large cans of mid-strength beer contains almost as much alcohol as, for example, 6 normal-sized drinks.