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European teens are drinking less and smoking more weed

A new study has found cannabis use getting higher and higher, while alcohol and cigarettes fall out of favour with the new generation

Litres of Frosty Jacks and multipack bottles of WKD blue were once relics of youth, but today’s teens are writing a different narrative when it comes to getting wasted. Europe’s new gen are going straight for the reefers and hash (that might actually be a piece of concrete bought off a brother’s mate from tech) according to a new study, which asserts that alcohol and cigarette use among teenagers is depleting across the continent, while the number of cannabis users is growing.

The 2015 European School Survey Project on Alcohol and other Drugs report found that out of respondents aged between 15 and 16-years-old, 21 per cent were “current smokers”. Alcohol use from 1995-2015 in the last month fell from 56 per cent to 47 per cent. Italy topped the polls with smokers (37 per cent).

Average cannabis use among teenagers in Europe was found to be 16 per cent, with countries like the Czech Republic and Spain getting as high as 37 per cent and 27 per cent respectively. Data also showed significant increase among those in Bulgaria, Poland, Greece and Romania.

“Trends in cannabis use indicate an increase in both lifetime and current use between 1995 and 2015, from 11 per cent to 17 per cent and from 4 per cent to 7 per cent,” Espad said.

The study surveyed most EU countries, except for the UK and Germany.

A previous study in the United States showed similar results with American teenagers shunning alcohol for weed.

Data and research collated found that weed was more available to those who participated than other drugs, while also finding no correlation between drug legislation in each country and usage.