Children drink less alcohol. What is behind the reverse trend?

Three-quarters of pupils drank alcohol in 2001, 2003, and 2012.

Three quarters of schoolchildren drank alcohol in 2001, 2003 and 2012. The figure has dropped since then.Three quarters of schoolchildren drank alcohol in 2001, 2003 and 2012. The figure has dropped since then. (Source: Adobe Stock)

Pupils in Slovak primary and high schools consume less alcohol and the number of abstainers has risen, too. The positive trend has been observed since 2012, as reported by the SITA newswire.

This stems from the survey conducted by the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information (CVTI SR) at the Education Ministry. They looked into how schoolchildren spend their free time in the online space and the consumption of legal and illegal drugs, comparing the data from 2009, 2012 and 2018.

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Inspections & penalties

“Different society-wide measures have helped improve the situation, including frequent inspections of businesses selling and serving alcohol and reporting alcohol use to principals and parents,” the ministry said, as reported by SITA. Parents can also face financial penalties.

The analysis showed the highest number of respondents were occasional drinkers in 2009 and 2012. But in 2018, most respondents did not drink alcohol at all.

Less drinkers & more frequent drinkers

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“A detailed analysis of the data showed much fewer schoolchildren drank alcohol this year compared to 2001 and 2003,” the Education Ministry also said, as quoted by SITA.

In the years mentioned, and also in 2012, three quarters of respondents consumed alcohol and about one fifth of them refrained from alcohol.

“This year, half of the students approached were alcohol consumers,” the ministry claimed, as quoted by SITA, “but the ratio between abstainers and drinkers was nearly in equilibrium.”

However, the number of children drinking alcohol often has gone up in recent years.

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