British and Danish 13-15 year-olds top the OECD’s list of young people who
have been drunk at least twice, according to a health survey of young
teenagers in 24 OECD countries.
According to the Comparative Child Well-being survey, 31.6 percent of Danish
youths in the age group have been drunk at least twice, putting Denmark in
second place after Britain where 33 percent had been drunk at least twice.
The United States ranks lowest in this indicator at 11.9 percent.
While the two countries top the list on youth alcohol, they come in under
average in the smoking list where 15 percent of 15 year-olds in both Denmark
and Britain say they smoke at least once per week. Here, Austria tops the
list with 27 percent of 15 year-olds saying they smoke at least once per
“No one country performs well on all indicators or dimensions of child
well-being. Where indicators can be compared by sex, age and migrant status,
boys often have worse outcomes than girls and non-native children have worse
outcomes than native children. However girls’ health behaviours are
sometimes worse, as they exercise less and smoke more than boys,” the OECD
Figures are for 2005-2006.
the OECD report here(external link)