• Sweden edition
 
Teen drinking doesn't lead to alcoholism: study

Teen drinking doesn't lead to alcoholism: study

Published: 20 Jun 2012 08:47 GMT+02:00
Updated: 20 Jun 2012 08:47 GMT+02:00

The study first examined the alcohol consumption habits of 14- to 17-year-olds, before catching up with the subjects again when they were in the late twenties.

It found that 27-year-olds who drank too much often had consumed very little or no alcohol when they were teenagers, the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper reports.

"More than every other young adult who had risky drinking behaviour in our study didn't drink at all as a teenager," Stockholm University sociologist and study co-author Thor Norström told the newspaper.

"That's surprising because previous research gave the impression that those who drink a lot in their teen years are the ones who have alcohol problems later in life."

The study, co-authored with Hilde Pape from the Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research and published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, looked at the drinking habits of teenagers in Norway.

The 1,800 subjects included in the study were first interviewed about how often they got drunk when they were teenagers in the 1990s.

The researchers caught up with the study subjects in 2005, when they were between 27- and 30-years-old, and once again asked them about their drinking habits.

The follow-up interviews also revealed that two of three of the subjects who got drunk once a week as teenagers consumed only a modest amount of alcohol as adults.

According to Norström, the study shows that campaigns to discourage teenage drinking have little effect in the long run, as those who would appear to heed the warnings as teenagers nevertheless end up having alcohol problems later in life.

TT/The Local/dl

Follow The Local on Twitter

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

09:14 June 20, 2012 by Twiceshy
Is this one also going on the wall at Systembolaget?
09:47 June 20, 2012 by gpafledthis
At each other's throats again sweedies ?? If I cared one little damn I'd stay up all nite !! Well what's today ?? Ah social/legal/academic approval for malmoese to up their game !! You're swedes not dutch you don't have a dike around malmo and now you want more social monies to POUR into malmo ??
09:48 June 20, 2012 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
Took my first drink whiskey, when I was 12, drank on a regular bais through uni, now 30 years later I´m on a couple of bottles of wine a month, a couple of bottles of malt a year, don`t drink beer anymore. Not even moderate consumption by Swedish standards. Although I´m not typical, the fear factor seems to prevail in this country.
10:04 June 20, 2012 by Åskar
@gpafledthis

Have you forgotten to take your medication?
10:13 June 20, 2012 by gpafledthis
Askar what national health can do for you ?? Sweedies heal thyselves quit the pills/emergency visits/ambulance rides (why not it's FREE)
10:44 June 20, 2012 by Åskar
I repeat my question.
10:50 June 20, 2012 by Dazzler
Åskar ...in keeping with the topic. I would venture a guess on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. :)
11:45 June 20, 2012 by skogsbo
I see they have dug out the picture of American kids drinkng again. You don't get brown paper bags like that with booze in Sweden, nor the UK. Plus Swedish teens don't usual sit on the streets and drink like that either, plus isn't a bit of covert teen drinking, part of growing up?
11:51 June 20, 2012 by Rebel
Nothing says "Swedish" more than a group of half-dressed blonde girls hurling their stomachs out at a train station on Friday night.
13:20 June 20, 2012 by Svensksmith
And teen sex doesn't lead to pregnancy either.
18:38 June 20, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
gpafledthis: it's spelt Malmö, you ignoramus.
20:07 June 20, 2012 by gpafledthis
Look tarc malmo lost the dignity of capital M long and those funny squiggles indicating some NORDIC heritage?association ? that's becoming a myth that malmo was once a nordic town !! if my keyboard "did" swahili I'd write it that way (course I'd have to kill my keyboard if it EVER did THAT)
21:05 June 20, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
We all know you don't like brown people. Enough with the ranting about Malmö.
03:14 June 21, 2012 by Grokh
what a bullpoop. alcohol screws up brain development on children sure they might not become alcoholics but i guess thats worse than everyone being a retard -_-x
07:20 June 21, 2012 by Marc the Texan
This is really no surprise. In the old days, it was pretty common for kids to drink alcohol. There was higher incidence of alcoholism back then, but there wasn't much else for entertainment either.
18:50 June 22, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
#10: no, it doesn't. However, unprotected teen sex will of course increase the risk of pregnancy somewhat.
Today's headlines
Sweden Floods
Flood chaos continues with more rain forecast
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Flood chaos continues with more rain forecast

UPDATED: Sweden's floods are set to continue over the weekend with the national weather agency predicting more rain for some of the affected areas. READ  

Elections 2014
Reinfeldt better at handling a crisis: Poll

Reinfeldt better at handling a crisis: Poll

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's hopes for remaining in office have been given a boost after more Swedes said they trusted him to handle a crisis compared to election rival Stefan Löfven. READ  

Gaza & Robin Williams: Swedes' Google habits
Actor Robin Williams. Photo: AP

Gaza & Robin Williams: Swedes' Google habits

The internet search giant has revealed what Swedes googled most over the summer period with the top 10 made up of diverse search topics ranging from sport to wasp stings READ  

Dad jailed for assaulting his infant twin sons
Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Dad jailed for assaulting his infant twin sons

A man in central Sweden was sentenced to prison for aggravated assault on Friday after doctors noticed that both his twin sons had sustained serious and unexplained injuries. READ  

Swedish city all set for six-hour workday trial
Clocking in. File photo: Shutterstock

Swedish city all set for six-hour workday trial

Officials finalized plans on Friday for the "Gothenburg guinea pigs" who will test out the six-hour workday, a move it's hoped will cut down on sick leave, boost efficiency, and ultimately save Sweden money. READ  

Armed royal guards caught drunk on the job
Photo: Gunnar Lundmark/TT

Armed royal guards caught drunk on the job

Three Swedish soldiers risk prison after they were found to be drunk while guarding Stockholm's Royal Palace. The men, who were all armed at the time, were charged on Friday. READ  

Stockholm
What do the Swedes do when summer's over?
Photo: Isabela Vrba

What do the Swedes do when summer's over?

The heatwave is well and truly over, the days are getting shorter, and winter is coming. With this in mind, The Local's Isabela Vrba chatted to ten Stockholmers about how they plan to tackle the autumn. READ  

Swedes spend fortune on nail polish trend
Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Swedes spend fortune on nail polish trend

Swedes are spending more than ever on makeup - and a growing chunk is going directly to their fingernails, new figures showed on Friday. READ  

Sweden mulls stripping paracetamol from shops
The pharmacy section of a grocery store. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Sweden mulls stripping paracetamol from shops

After a drastic increase in the number of paracetamol poisonings in Sweden, authorities have said the drug should only be available in pharmacies. READ  

Listeria fears prompt meat recall in Sweden
File photo: Andreas Hagerman/Flickr

Listeria fears prompt meat recall in Sweden

After finding traces of listeria in ham sold in Sweden, food companies decided on Friday to recall several Danish cold cuts. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Politics
'Sweden Democrats hold the key to elections'
Society
Swedes celebrate first day of smelly fish season
Politics
Sweden elections: How do they work?
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching August 20th
Society
Did you know the Bronx in NYC was named after a Swede?
Blog updates

17 August

Sea Fever (Around Sweden in a kayak) »

"I’m going to keep this post short and sweet as its not something I take any pleasure in writing. After much deliberation I have made the heartbreaking decision to abandon my trip after 1200km due to reoccurring injury. It is not a decision I have made lightly and it is one that has been truly devastating..." READ »

 

17 August

St. Louis strong (Blogweiser) »

"It’s typically a bad sign when my hometown makes news in Sweden. St. Louis was in the headlines here a few years ago when a tornado struck the airport. The city also caught attention after a politician talked about ‘legitimate rape’. Now, shooting and riots this week in Ferguson, a part of St. Louis, are..." READ »

 
 
 
Politics
"Iraq reminds me of the Yugoslav wars. It's the same story."
Society
Swedes slam Danes for 'racist' art
National
Majority of Swedes favour more or just as many refugees
Society
Lock your bathrooms: Swedish toilet invader on the the loose
Politics
'Assange will not leave until safe'
Gallery
See more images from the southern Sweden floods
Sponsored Article
Find out what gives this Swedish school executive appeal
Society
Serial chicken smuggler caught at Norway border. Again.
Society
This gold coin may be the key to solving a Swedish massacre
Shutterstock
Lifestyle
The Swedish mentor (and why you may need one)
Politics
Reinfeldt calls for tolerance to refugees
Gallery
People-watching August 16-17
National
Sweden celebrates 200 years of peace
Society
Top ten literal Swedish words
Politics
'Terror training should be illegal': Liberal Party
Gallery
Swedes talk about 200 years of national peace
Politics
Islamic extremist shakes Sweden with TV threat
National
Teacher fined for 'Hitler salute' in German class
Features
Kiruna residents talk life in a town on the move
Skatteverket
Sponsored Article
Introducing... ID cards and permits in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

729
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se