Teens’ alcohol consumption down 22.5% in a decade
REGULAR alcohol consumption among teenagers has dropped by 22.5% in the last 10 years, a report into the States’ Drug and Alcohol Strategy has shown.
However, while the number is down, the statistics for both alcohol and cannabis use in the 14- and 15-year-old age bracket specifically have risen by 6% and 4% respectively from their lowest in 2013.
The strategy itself was put into action in 2015 and its coordinator, Andrea Nightingale, said the slight increases were not a cause for concern.
‘Looking at 2013 figures, a 6% increase in those drinking alcohol and 4% more using cannabis is something we don’t consider to be a “spike”, which is why they have not been addressed as such in the report,’ she said.