Greece is one of the countries that reported rather moderate alcohol, tobacco and other drug habits.
However, the proportion of students who had been drinking alcohol during the past 12 months (87%) is somewhat higher than the ESPAD average. Being drunk, on the other hand, is not as common in Greece as in many other ESPAD countries: one fourth (26%) of the students reported this. Estimated consumption on the latest drinking day (3.1 cl alc. 100%) was also lower than average. About one-fifth (22%) of the Greek participants had been smoking during the past 30 days, which is lower than average. The lifetime prevalence of cannabis use (6%) is also low, at about one third of the ESPAD mean. Use of drugs other than cannabis (5%), on the other hand, is close to average. Rather small proportions of students report other behaviours such as lifetime use of inhalants (9%), non-prescription use of tranquillisers or sedatives (4%) and combined use of alcohol and pills (3%).
April 03, 2009
European School Survey on Alcohol and Other Drugs
The ESPAD 2007 report (pdf) has been released, and has received coverage from various countries (e.g., UK UK Ireland Malta Slovenia Czech Republic). Here is a summary of the results for Greece. The lower than average cigarette consumption, coupled with an apparently decreasing trend may be a hopeful sign for younger generations of Greeks.