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American scholar: Iceland the world’s most progressive country in reducing teenage substance abuse

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  • Healthy teens A recent study, published by the Ministry of Welfare, showed that Icelandic teens spend more time with their parents, smoke less, consume less alcohol than they did a decade ago.  Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

In an article published on Huffington Post, Harvey B. Milkman calls Iceland the “world’s most progressive country” when it comes to reducing teenage substance abuse. According to data, the percentage of alcohol use among 15 to 16 year-olds in Iceland has dropped from 42% to 5% in under two decades.

Read more: Study: Icelandic teenagers spend more time with parents, consume less alcohol, drugs

Milkman brands the results as “truly phenomenal” and goes on to say that the Icelandic model is now being replicated in 14 countries throughout Europe. The secret to these drastic changes, says Milkman, is a combination of three things: Increased time the teenager spends with family, postponing the onset of alcohol use until 18 years of age, and increased participation in organised youth activities supervised by adults.  

Read more: Smoking among Icelandic teenagers has fallen to an all time low

A recent study, published by the Ministry of Welfare, showed that Icelandic teens spend more time with their parents, smoke less, consume less alcohol than they did a decade ago.  

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