Teen drinking -- as well as teen smoking, marijuana use, and abuse of other drugs -- has plummeted across Iceland in the past two decades as academics, policy makers, and parents joined forces to clamp down. And now cities around the world are looking to this tiny island nation for clues on how to tackle underage drinking. ... "It does not concern teaching individual children about responsible choices, or even about making them responsible for their own behavior," says Álfgeir Kristjánsson, a former data analyst at ICSRA who is now an assistant professor of public health at West Virginia University. "The Icelandic approach ... is to strengthen the societal and protective factors and drive down risk factors."
more: One of the problems was an ambiguous view of the line between child and adulthood, she says.
One of the most absolute rules to take effect was legal curfews: Kids ages 12 and younger must be home at 8 p.m. in the winter and 10 p.m. in the summer. Thirteen to 16-year-olds must be home at 10 p.m. in the winter and by midnight in the summer, even when the sun is still blazing. Icelandic parents in some communities carry out night patrols, with reflector vests and flashlights, to make sure kids are safely at home when they should be. Thousands of fridge magnets were sent to households, and still are, to remind children of the rules.
...at least they get that DARE sucks.
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