'ESPAD' STUDY RESULTS TO BE RELEASED

Issue date: 07 December 2004


ISSUE DATE: 07/12/04

PRESS CONFERENCE

Alcohol, Tobacco & Illicit Drugs Use among Teenagers in Europe: New Study Findings Released

Venue: Alcohol Concern, Waterbridge House, 32-36 Loman Street, London SE1 0EE
Time: 09.30 on Tuesday 14 December 2004, tea and coffee will be served from 09.00.

The latest findings of the European School Survey Project on Alcohol & other Drugs (ESPAD) are to be announced at a press conference in London on 14 December 2004.

‘ESPAD’ began in 1995 with a survey of national samples of 15 and 16 year old school students in 26 European countries. The survey was repeated in 1999 with 30 countries taking part. These two studies revealed major national variations in teenage drinking patterns, levels of alcohol-related problems, illicit drug use and tobacco smoking. The United Kingdom had exceptionally high levels of heavy and problematic drinking and illicit drug use. ESPAD has been conducted for the third time in 2003. This time 35 countries participated. These were as follows: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia (Moscow only), the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

ESPAD UK was carried out by the Alcohol & Health Research Trust, a charity, in association with the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE). ESPAD UK was mainly funded by the Wates Foundation and UWE.

The Press Conference will be chaired by Mr Brian Wheelwright, Director of the Wates Foundation. The international results of the 2003 survey will be presented by researchers, Martin Plant, Professor of Addiction Studies at UWE and Dr Patrick Miller, UWE Visiting Senior Research Fellow.

Those who attend this press conference will be supplied with copies of the main findings of ESPAD 2003. These will show the varied national rates of teenage drinking, smoking and illicit drug use.

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Editor’s notes

Research Team Contact Numbers: Professor Martin Plant: 07711 318 298 (14 December 2004 only); Dr Patrick Miller: 07796 340 770 (14 December 2004 onwards)

Acknowledgement: Alcohol Concern is thanked for hosting this event.

Copies of the full ESPAD Report 2003 are available, price £36 (inc p&p) from the Alcohol & Health Research Trust, University of the West of England, Blackberry Hill, Bristol BS16 1DD. Fax: 0117 328 8900, e-mail: Jan.Green@uwe.ac.uk. Cheques should be made payable to Alcohol & Health Research Trust.

The Alcohol & Health Research Trust is a registered charity, number SC027580

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