One in three young people began using more alcohol this year

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In a survey commissioned by BENU pharmacy in cooperation with the research company SKDS assessing the changes in alcohol consumption over the last year, 31% of young people aged 18-24 responded that they had started drinking more alcohol in the last year, according to the results published November 27.

Of those whose consumption grew, 14% said it increased significantly, whereas for 17% it grew slightly.  

23% of the surveyed young people aged 18-24 have not changed their alcohol consumption, 26% have decreased it, while another 20% of respondents in this age group do not use alcohol at all.

Among those young people who use alcohol, 39% have also increased their frequency of use.  31% of young people have not changed it while another 31% of alcohol consumption has decreased over the last year (alcohol is used at a significantly lower rate by 23%, while alcohol is used slightly less frequently than 8%).

In a society as a whole, the amount of alcohol consumption has increased over the last year by 14% of the surveyed population of Latvia, for 34% it has not changed, 26% are taking less alcohol, 24% do not use alcohol at all, but 2% could not a specific response.

The frequency of alcohol use for those who do drink has risen for 18% of the population, for 41% it has not changed, 38% have decreased their use, while 3% could not answer.

Health monitoring is carried out by BENU Pharmacy in cooperation with the market and public opinion research center SKDS, with 1005 permanent residents of Latvia aged 18 to 75 surveyed at the end of October.

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