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How Iceland‘s winning war on teen substance abuse

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Twenty years ago, Icelandic teenagers were the heaviest drinkers in Europe. A programme called Youth in Iceland was created to respond to high percentage of teenage drinking and drug use. In 18 years the percentage of 15- and 16-year-olds who had been drunk in the previous month plummeted from 42 per cent in 1998 to 5 per cent in 2016.

https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/politics_and_society/2017/01/19/how_iceland_s_winning_war_on_teen_substance_abuse/
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Here are the things Iceland did:
1. Schools, parents and state working together.
2. Increased funding for sports and other organized recreation
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What are your thoughts on what Iceland did? What could all countries learn from Iceland?
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sorry
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i didn't get
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So if I understand this right, they saw a problem, studied an evidence based solution, and implemented it. And it worked. This shouldn't be surprising.
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Interesting that they didn't just propose a crackdown on underage drinking, close clubs and bars and otherwise try to stamp it out by force. Instead, they figured out the reasons why, and solved them.
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Interesting that they didn't just propose a crackdown on underage drinking, close clubs and bars and otherwise try to stamp it out by force. Instead, they figured out the reasons why, and solved them.
Exactly!!! Treat the cause!!!
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It's a combination of parental responsibility and public policy ... when there's coherence between the two we progress as a country ...
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Imagine that! They chose to help them instead of waging a war on drugs.
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This is a wonderful approach. However, in the U.S., where staying in the middle class often requires 2 fulltime incomes or more, it won't be as effective. Also, there is no way law makers would take tax dollars to help pay for children's activities. They would rather give the money to the top 1% and Corporations. The program makes a lot of sense, though.
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Should be the same in the UK. I might upset people but the sad truth is for me is that drinking particularly binge drinking is a massive problem and a massive part of society in the UK. I find this hard as a non drinker. I work in the Netherlands and find the Dutch enjoy a drink but not to excess as in the UK. I find the drinking atmosphere bit very nice. I think this could be enforced in the UK and then there would also be more more respect in town centre and to the police.
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Unfortunately when programs are implemented for community use here in Canada its a pay per use. You see the rich can afford to put their children in these programs already so they don't tend to support public spending on them. Even though their children will be side by side these same friends its not their problem they think, but think again?
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It’s not just about spending time with your kids but there are other factors too.
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