Dutch teenagers are drinking the same amount but smoking less and taking fewer drugs, according to a new report from the Trimbos institute.
However, efforts to reduce drinking in younger children (aged 12 to 14) appear to be paying off, the researchers told website nu.nl. And around 25% of children in their final years of primary school have agreed with their parents not to drink until they reach a certain age.
The over-15s continue to drink a worrying amount, the researchers say. One-third said they had consumed more than five glasses of alcohol in one night during the previous four weeks. Only 11% of 15-year-olds have never touched alcohol, nu.nl reported.
Beer is most popular with boys, premixed cocktails such as Bacardi Breezers are favourites with girls.
According to NOS tv, smoking and the use of cannabis and other drugs continued to decline.
The institute carries out its survey into teenage drinking and smoking habits every four years.
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