Italian teens in EU top ten for smoking, drinking alcohol

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Italian teens in EU top ten for smoking, drinking alcohol

(ANSA) - Rome, August 28 - Italian teens are among the highest European users of cigarettes and alcohol within their peer group, according to a new report released Tuesday. Fully 63% of 16-year-old Italian teens drank alcohol at least once in the last month, compared with an average of 57%, according to the survey by ESPAD, the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs. The highest levels were reported by teens in the Czech Republic at 79%, followed by Denmark at 76%, and Germany at 73%. Italian 16-year-olds also ranked highly in cigarette use, with 36% who smoked at least once last month compared with the European average of 28%. The Czech Republic had the highest smoking rates for 16-year-olds, at 42%, and Bulgaria at 39%, France at 38%. Countries where teens smoke the least? Albania, at 13% and Iceland with 10%. The illegal substance tried most by European youngsters at least once in their life is cannabis, either hashish or marijuana. Italian teens remain among the top ten countries with 21% having tried cannabis at least once, compared with 17% on average.

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