Young people in Trøndelag are drunk more often than youth in the rest of Norway

Alcohol - beerPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

Junior high school students in Trøndelag are drunk more often than young people elsewhere in the country. Nearly one in three Trøndelag tenth-graders has been drunk in the past year.

While the national share is 25%, it amounts to 31% in Trøndelag, figures from Ungdata show, according to P4.

“Trøndelag has a problematic drinking culture,” advisor Jo Arild Salthammer at the Competence center for intoxicants in Central Norway told P4.

While 9% of the country’s tenth-graders state that they have permission from parents to drink alcohol, the proportion amounts to 16% in Trøndelag. In some municipalities, the figure is much higher.

“Research shows that children care more about what their parents say about alcohol than, for example, friends do. Clear boundaries from adults are therefore very important,” Salthammer said.

He emphasized that starting drinking alcohol early increases the risk of alcohol problems later in life.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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