STA, 4 August 2020 - Alcohol consumption among young people in Slovenia declined in 2017/2018 but it remains high by international standards, the National Institute for Public Health (NIJZ) said on Tuesday, as it presented the results of international survey Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) for Slovenia.
The survey, conducted in Slovenia every four years, showed that 71% of 15-year-olds and 86% of 17-year-olds have tried alcohol, while 27% of 15-year-olds and 52% of 17-year-olds have been drunk at least twice in their life.
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"The trends in the 2002-2018 period are favourable; most indicators of alcohol consumption are down, but we are still exceeding the international HBSC average," said the head of the project in Slovenia, said Helena Jeriček Klanšček from the NIJZ.
Slovenia ranks 11th among the 45 countries included in the survey in terms of the share of 15-year-olds who have been drunk at least twice in their life and 10th by the share of those who have tried alcohol, Jeriček Klanšček said.
The NIJZ stressed that parents' attitude to alcohol and communication with their children was crucial in preventing alcohol abuse.
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