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EUROPE: 'Dramatic' drop in teenage alcohol consumption in Scotland

Teenage drinking in Scotland has dropped "dramatically" in the last decade, new research has indicated. A World Health Organization study led by the University of St Andrews found Scotland's teenagers are consuming far less alcohol than previously. The drop was the second largest for girls and fourth largest for boys out of 36 European countries surveyed. The new WHO report on adolescent alcohol-related behavior revealed that weekly drinking among 15-year-olds in Scotland has declined from 41% to 11% in girls and from 41% to 14% among boys. But the study warned alcohol consumption remained dangerously high across the continent. The report identified a number of possible reasons for the declines in alcohol consumption. These included changes in household income, marketing and prevention approaches, as well as shifts in adult norms and teen culture.

Teenage drinking in Scotland has dropped "dramatically" in the last decade, new research has indicated.

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