NO, EVERYONE ELSE DOES NOT DRINK
The number of ninth graders who drink has fallen sharply since 2000. In the latest survey there were more drinkers amongst the girls (48 per cent) then the boys (38 per cent). These figures are amongst the lowest since the survey began in 1971, and show that most ninth graders choose not to drink alcohol. The percentage of 2nd year upper secondary school students who drink has also fallen from almost 90 per cent (2004) to 69 per cent So in other words, it’s definitely not true to say that “everyone else drinks”.
FEWER ARE GETTING DRUNK BEFORE THE AGE OF 14
The percentage of ninth graders who got drunk before the age of 14 has fallen from about 20 per cent (in 2000) to 5 per cent, in 2020.
THE ROLE OF PARENTS IS IMPORTANT
The fact that the trends are moving in the right direction doesn’t mean, however, that everything is OK. These positive trends have see over the last few years seem to have stalled or reversed slightly. But making a difference is possible. Efforts by parents and society can ensure that the number of youngsters who drink continues to fall. Your role as a parent is very important.