PEDIATRICS journal ranks Iceland amongst Europe’s lowest adolescent alcohol drinkers

PEDIATRICS journal ranks Iceland amongst Europe’s lowest adolescent alcohol drinkersPEDIATRICS journal has ranked Iceland amongst Europe’s lowest adolescent alcohol drinkers. According to its report, PEDIATRICS asked Icelandic students whether they had ever been binge drinking, with only 6 percent claiming yes, compared to 38 percent in Holland, as an example.

Explained within the journal is that the lowest binge drinking rate is held by Iceland, with the highest being shared between Germany, Scotland, and The Netherlands.

To back this up, lead author of the Institute for Therapy and Health Research in Keil, Germany, Dr Reiner Hanewinkel, stated that, “The drinking cultures in countries like Scotland, Germany and Holland are the same but in Iceland they are different because people have maybe one or two drinks with a meal. They don’t drink in binges.”

Facts from Iceland state the fact that 42% of 15-year-old adolescents did drink alcohol 15 years ago but today, with strategic intervention, the number is down to 5%. Binge drinking is and has been a problem in Iceland but intervention has proven its value.

Here shows the decrease in substance abuse amongst 15-16 year olds from 1998 to 2013:


The ‘Icelandic Model’ has been the working title for a  method of substance prevention used in Reykjavik, Iceland, for the last 15 years. A conference regarding these methods will be taking place on 19th – 20th March 2014, at the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The ‘Icelandic Model’ is a theoretically-grounded, evidence-based approach to community adolescent substance use prevention that has grown out of a collaboration between policy makers, behavioural scientists, field-based practitioners, and community residents in Iceland. The intervention focuses on reducing known risk factors for substance use, while strengthening a broad range of parental, school, and community protective factors.

The conference, titled Cities for Youth, is set to hold practical “hands on” information directly from those who have contributed to and lead the prevention work in Reykjavik, as well as other various keynote lectures from health experts.

For more information concerning the Cities for Youth conference, visit