European school student study shows decline in teen drinking and smoking

November 2020

The 2019 European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) report was released with almost 100,000 students from 35 countries participating in the project. Alcohol use remains high across Europe but trend data shows steady decreases in ‘lifetime’ and ‘current use’ since peaking in 2003. The report highlights cannabis and the non-medical use of prescription drugs as issues of concern. The survey also examined social media use, gaming and gambling and the report is worth looking at just for the findings in the gambling area.

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