Who: teenagers in Europe and the CIS began to drink less

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Teenagers in Europe and the CIS began to drink less but alcohol consumption remains at a high level — regularly drink 9% of girls and 16% of boys aged 15 years, reported the press service of the world health organization.

The world health organization on Wednesday published a report «alcohol-Related behaviors of adolescents: trends and social inequalities in the who European region, 2002-2014 year.» The who European region includes European countries and the former Soviet Union and also Turkey and Israel.

«Despite the slowdown, the consumption of alcohol continues to occur in dangerous quantities, and this fact continues to cause serious concern on the part of public health», — is spoken in the message.

According to data for 2014, the time of onset 15 years of age 9% of girls and 16% of boys in the who European region have joined the ranks of weekly drinkers, the report said.

«Young people are attached to the periodic use of alcohol at an age when they do not have to do it», – said the Director of who / Europe Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, which quoted the press service.

«We know that alcohol consumption in any amount at this critical stage in the development of the younger generation is particularly harmful to health, and therefore policy-makers are responsible for implementing the measures that have proven, to our knowledge, its effectiveness, such as limiting the availability of, the use in practice of inspections of the age limit and restrictions on promotion of alcoholic beverages of any type, including digital marketing,» she added.

According to data for 2014, 28% of adolescents 15 years of age stated that they began drinking alcohol at age 13. In most countries the share fell from 46% in 2002.

«The total reduction in the harmful use of alcohol were most significant in countries which traditionally recorded higher levels of prevalence of alcoholism, particularly in the UK and the Nordic region. From this it follows that the change in the situation is possible, but more effort is needed to provide the conditions to effectively protect adolescents from alcohol caused harm,» said lead editor of the report Dr. Joe Incli, whose words are press service of the who.

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