Changing Drinking Habits among Young People and Seniors in the Nordic Region
In recent years, there have been major changes in the alcohol consumption habits of both young and older residents of the Nordic countries. Today's teens are drinking less, while new older generations drink much more than previous generations of senior citizens. The project Changing Drinking Habits among Young People and Seniors in the Nordic Region has examined the drinking habits of young people aged 14-25, as well as alcohol consumption and elder care.
Publication (in Scandinavian): Äldre och alkohol – Om utmaningarna inom äldreomsorgen i Norden (2018)
The aim of the project
The aim of the project (which was carried out within the framework of the Nordic Arena for Public Health Issues) was to present perspectives and challenges regarding changes in drinking habits and their consequences at different levels of society. The project also determined where reinforced and preventive measures will be necessary in the future. One important aspect of the project is to highlight any similarities and differences in the Nordic countries, and the reasons for these disparities.
A primary objective is to discover knowledge gaps and important themes that future research into the drinking habits of young and older people should address in a Nordic context.
When it comes to the drinking habits of young people, key issues include investigating whether the trend of reduced alcohol consumption by young people is the same in all the Nordic countries, the factors that impact the decreased consumption, and whether all young people are drinking less or if some of them are more exposed to alcohol than others.
As regards seniors and alcohol, the Nordic Welfare Centre published a report in Scandiavian languages about alcohol issues in the context of elder care, both in the home and in retirement centres (see Project results). The centre is also coordinating another research collaboration, the goal of which is to identify the drinking habits of older people in the Nordic region:
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