Half of Icelandic Teens Never Tried Drugs or Alcohol

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Half of Icelandic Teens Never Tried Drugs or Alcohol

More 16-year-olds in Iceland have never tried drugs or alcohol than in other European countries, or 40 percent, according to a new Europe-wide research report. Albania ranked second on the list with 32 percent, Fréttablaðið reports.

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Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) has been carried out in Iceland since 1995.

Sociologist at the University of Akureyri, Andrea Hjálmsdóttir, took part in the research and says that the results are positive but that those who consume drugs and alcohol are in a bad condition and are more likely than teenagers in other places in Europe to land into trouble.

The study is based on a sample of 103,000 students, drawn from a target population of 4.6 million students in 36 countries.

Click here to read about a report which found that 16-year-olds in Iceland party less than they did 15 years ago.

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