The amount of alcohol that young people in Finland drink each year continues to fall.
That’s according to the latest information out today from the National Institute for Health and Welfare THL.
Research shows there are three major reasons why the amount of booze that young people drink is dropping.
First, alcohol is getting more difficult to acquire, in part because there are more ID checked on the ages of people trying to buy it, and because advertising laws were tightened up.
Secondly, parental attitude towards alcohol is getting more strict, they are less likely to buy alcohol for their children, and parents have a better idea where their children are and what they do in their free time.
And thirdly, the time that young people spend with their friends no longer revolves around alcohol as much as it used to.
“Time spent with friends has changed, it includes more activities that don’t involve alcohol” says THL Senior Research Scientist Krisimarja Raitasalo.
“With social media and video games, the types of interaction have changed, even if they haven’t replaced interaction with friends” she says.
The new THL research does not support a common suggestion that increased use of cannabis is associated with reduced use of alcohol.