Consumption of tobacco and alcohol continues to record high values among the 16-year teens, the ESPAD last research carried by the National Anti drug Agency (ANA) on 2015, with support of the National Education Ministry (MEN), reads, informs a release by the ANA.
According to the source, the 16-year teenagers who have consumed an alcoholic beverage is 77.9 percent, down from the previous studies and further placed under the ESPAD (European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs) average of 80.3 percent.
“Although the tobacco consumption amongst teenagers in Romania is lessening starting with 2003, it maintains in 2015 at similar values to those noticed in the previous research, being above the European averages, for all of the reference periods: lifelong tobacco consumption – 51.7 percent against 45.6 percent at European level, last 30-day tobacco consumption – 30.1 percent against 21.4 percent, and last 30-day daily tobacco consumption – 19.7 percent against 12.4 percent. The survey also notices higher values of tobacco consumption among the boys, as compared to those harvested among the girls, but for both genders the Romania teens place themselves above the European averages,” the release adds.
In 2015, the alcohol consumption in the past 12 months amongst teens recoded 68.9 percent, down against the values in the previous studies and further placing below the ESPAD countries’ average which is 70.9 percent.
According to the survey, the alcoholic beverages’ consumption in the last 30 days recorded lower values in Romania as compared to 2011 (dropping from 49 percent to 47 percent). The value noticed in 2015 in Romania is similar to the ESPAD countries’ average (47.5 percent).