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Adolescent alcohol-related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002-2014

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Joanna Catherine Inchley (Editor), Dorothy Bruce Currie (Editor), Allessio Vieno (Editor), Torbjørn Torsheim (Editor), C Ferreira-Borges (Editor), Martin Weber (Editor), Vivian Barnekow (Editor), João Breda (Editor)

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The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey is a WHO collaborative cross-national study that monitors the health behaviours, health outcomes and social environments of boys and girls aged 11, 13 and 15 years every four years. HBSC has collected international data on adolescent health, including alcohol consumption and drinking behaviours, for over 30 years, allowing prevalence to be compared across countries and over time. This report presents the latest trends in alcohol consumption and drinking behaviours among 15-year-olds across the WHO European Region, taken from the HBSC study. It highlights gender and socioeconomic inequalities across the Region. Trends have previously been reported separately, but this report brings together for the first time a broader range of HBSC data on adolescent alcohol consumption and drinking behaviours to review the latest evidence and highlight differences in alcohol use by gender, socioeconomic position and geographic subregion.


Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
PublisherWHO Regional Office for Europe
Commissioning bodyWHO Regional Office for Europe
Number of pages94
ISBN (Electronic)9789289053495
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • Adolescent behaviour, Alcohol drinking - epidemiology, trends, Alcoholic intoxication - epidemiology, Health behaviour, Health status disparities, Health surveys, Socioeconomic factors, Europe

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