Friends or friend’s siblings
Teenagers who drink most commonly get their alcohol from a boyfriends or girlfriends, from a friend or friends’ siblings – 17 per cent of boys and 28 per cent of girls in the 9th grade mentioned these sources in 2018. The corresponding figures for 2nd year upper secondary school students were 24 per cent of boys and 42 per cent of girls. In second place comes another adult, who is not a sibling or parent, with 17 per cent of 9th graders and 20 per cent of upper secondary school students saying they had got hold of alcohol via adults who bought it for them from Systembolaget.
If you're outgoing, it's no problem at all getting hold of alcohol. You just have to know the right people.
Kevin, aged 15, Umeå
In third place come the teenagers’ own parents. 10 per cent of ninth graders, and 19 per cent of 2nd year upper secondary school students had got it from their parents.
My sister asked me if I wanted her to buy for me. I said no, but then she asked me again if I was absolutely sure.
Nicole, aged 14, Örebro
14 per cent of the ninth graders who had drunk smuggled alcohol got it from an adult who bought or sold it. 13 per cent got their alcohol from a boyfriend or girlfriend, friends, or friends’ siblings. The alcohol is usually cheap, which means the teenagers can buy more of it.