This two-year Nordic research collaboration, involving researchers from Denmark (P.I.), Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, aims to examine in-depth explanations for the 20-year decline in youth drinking in the Nordic countries. Project aims are:
1) Examine explanations of the decline in adolescents’ drinking:
2) Examine possible changes in alcohol-related harm concomitant with the decline in youth drinking:
Recent research offers solid evidence for a marked decline in adolescents’ alcohol use in the Nordic countries. Less is known as to how these declining trends can be explained and to what extent they are followed by declining alcohol-related harm among youth. The aim of the proposed workshop series is to examine these questions using a comparative approach, drawing on the unique similarities and differences between the Nordic countries. This approach will provide novel insights as to the reasons for and implications of this decline in youth drinking.
We will analyse data from the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) collected from 15- to 16-year-old adolescents in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019 (ESPAD Group, 2016). Below are the approaches to be used for each research question:
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as of March 2021 the project has utilised virtual meetings in 2020 to conduct its work and collaboration. We hope to begin to meet in person in the autumn of 2021.
The project is planned to run from January 2020 through June 2022
Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS)
National Institute of Public Health (SIF), Denmark
Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI), Norway
Council for Information on Alcohol and other Drugs (CAN), Sweden
National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Finland
Directorate of Health, Iceland
University of Iceland
Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues (NVC)