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Teen alcohol programme has 'no effect': study

TT/The Local/pvs · 24 Oct 2011, 08:20

Published: 24 Oct 2011 08:20 GMT+02:00

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The Örebro Prevention Programme (ÖPP) is used in at least 190 Swedish municipalities to get young people to drink less. But an evaluation of 40 different schools came to the conclusion that the program had no effect at all on young people's drinking habits.

"We can not find any effects on young people's drinking. Nothing in regards to the frequency of binge drinking, no change in first intoxication nor weekly consumption," said researcher Maria Bodin at the Karolinska Institute who carried out the study on behalf of Stad, Stockholm's drug and alcohol prevention programme to the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) daily.

The ÖPP was used in 190 of 290 Swedish municipalities in 2008 and the number has increased since then.

The researcher Nikoalaus Koutakis at Örebro University, who developed the ÖPP, is however critical of the study and pointed to previously positive assessments of the method.

The programme was developed at the end of 1990 by Koutakis and other researchers at Örebro university in response to statistics indicating that alcohol consumption among 16-year-olds had climbed for three consecutive years.

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The ÖPP is aimed at parents of children aged 13-16-years-old and aimed at cutting binge drinking and delaying the first consumption of alcohol.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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09:52 October 24, 2011 by leontan
Well, Swedes are programmed to be self contained and to restrain/repress their emotional lives from an early age, to conform to social 'norms' and the image of the 'lagom Swede,' and alcohol has been the only 'outlet' from such repression. Perhaps if the notion of moderate drinking was introduced from the start, such as in France or Italy, there would be less of a problem with 'binge-drinking.' It's not surprising programmes such as these fail, as they fail to address underlying social dynamics that subtend the problems in question.
10:00 October 24, 2011 by occassional
@leontan: WORD!
10:47 October 24, 2011 by Opinionfool
We all know the stereotype of the drunken Swede rolling around in the gutter after a night of boozing somewhere probably on illegally distilled spirits ... but really is it any different from other coutries. The English have their "lager louts" --- teens and young adults mostly --- who go off to some sun-soaked part of Europe where booze is cheap with the aim of getting as drunk as possible and for as long as possible. Over in England the constraints have been removed and there isn't the social condition or conformity that some believe Sweden has yet nights in most town and city centres are full of teens and young adults going from bar to bar and pub to pub after more and more alcohol. Perhaps the problem lies deeper than either constrained or unrestrained consumption of alcohol.

@occasional Which WORD did you have in mind in leontan's comment. They are all spelled correctly and contextually appropriate. I, as a native English user, don't understand what you are referring to.
10:55 October 24, 2011 by occassional
@opinionfool: If you update your CV to include "smart arse" then your chances of getting gainfully employed will increase.
11:52 October 24, 2011 by Opinionfool

I have a job thanks. No need to update my CV. But I notice you didn't answer the question as to what it is you were being smart arsed about in leontag's comment. Not answering questions won't get you through interview.
14:14 October 24, 2011 by Shibumi

15:09 October 24, 2011 by Opinionfool
Thanks Shibumi. That definition helps.

Don't you just love social-minority group expressions that have not (and probably never will) passed into common parlance.
15:34 October 24, 2011 by occassional
Don't you just love tweed-wearing irrelevant purists of yesteryear charm when they turn into "men of letters".

That's nobility, gallantry, wisdom... that conjures up some image of a bloke in a cardigan with a pipe saying 'Cover up those table legs, mother, they're inflaming my sexual ardour' - (Bill Bailey).
16:18 October 24, 2011 by Opinionfool
"Bill Bailey" Ah yes of course because he is current and hip ... but stolen such an old joke. Indeed it was old and venerable when Brucie stole it (and his entire act) back in the 1900s.

Y aye man, nowt lik it, the younger generation who think that theirs is the only street slang of value and to be valued by everyone. Of course, they're brains are too pickled with alcohol to think that maybe others don't understand then especially by those for whom English is not their native tongue.

But let's back to the discussion at hand. Why are these (Swedish, English, American, wherever) programmes to curtail teen alcoholism not working.
19:47 October 24, 2011 by Gamla Hälsingebock
Better booze than hard drugs...lesser of the evils for wanting to change "feeling normal"... for fun.

Kids/adults all over the world drink...how many countries have programs to curtail their drinking?

How many get the same results as Sweden?

Sweden is not alone!
20:34 October 24, 2011 by Harold Johnson
Alcohol is the number one killer on the planet today. 24% of all deaths on the planet are attributable to alcohol. More than cancer, more than heart disease. Anything that tries to address the problem is a step in the right direction. The suggestion that teens need to learn to drink moderately like the french and italians is just saying "they are doing it wrong." The destructiveness of alcohol is especially high in young people who have not fully developed yet.

I don't know about the program in the news here, but I fundamentally believe that it is up to us to "show them how" by complete abstinence. Anything less is a lie.

Harold Johnson

Cree/Swede Northern Saskatchewan Canada
21:19 October 24, 2011 by zooeden
At least someone sincere who speaks, thank you, your gazillions of fripping media investment and propaganda has been just wasted, like making a huge burnt grilling millions the way you love. Its call stockholm syndrome!
09:25 October 25, 2011 by GBGcommuter
@Gamla Hälsingebock: Yet many studies show that, better weed than booze.

@occassional: WORD!
17:08 October 29, 2011 by leontan
@gbgcommuter What you say is absolutely true. There have been no fatal incidents directly attributable to the usage of marijuana; in contrast there have been thousands of deaths resulting from 'legitimate' drugs approved by the FDA in the US, and no doubt here as well.

Alcohol is a poison, there is no doubt about that. And there have been fatalities directly attributable to alcohol as well as tobacco. Yet these continue to be legal in this country while marijuana is not only illegal, it is the subject of moralistic ideologies or 'propaganda' reminiscent of the early days of the US war on drugs.

As a matter of fact, our brains manufacture an endogenous form of cannabis (endocannabinoids) and the receptor sites CB1 and CB2 are the same ones activated by exogenous cannabis. Is it any surprise then that 'Daily users (of marijuana) reported less depressed mood and more positive affect than non-users.' (Denson and Earleywine - http://www.doctordeluca.com/Library/WOD/WPS3-MedMj/DecreasedDepressionInMjUsers05.pdf)
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