Trends in Adolescent Alcohol Use in High-Income Countries

Previous analyses of the decline in adolescent alcohol consumption have emphasized the wide reach of the changes and their near-coincidence in time. This analysis points to the other side of the picture that there were limits to the wide reach, and that there was considerable variation in timing. These findings suggest that as well as broader explanations that stretch across countries, efforts to explain recent trends in adolescent alcohol consumption should also consider factors specific to countries and regions.

The findings stress the need for country and region specific public health measures to reduce adolescent alcohol consumption in high-income countries.