Young people in Switzerland are increasingly rejecting smoking and drugs, but still enjoy drinking alcohol, according to a new survey
19,233 young people aged 14 to 24 were questioned during December by newspaper 20 Minutes. 71 percent of young were saying drinking alcohol was a cool thing to do, with only 21 percent saying they never drank, reported by The Local, Switzerland.
The survey found that 60 percent of respondents never smoked cigarettes and only 23 percent said they smoked every day. More than half said smoking wasn’t considered an attractive thing to do.
Questioned about cannabis, 71 percent said they never smoked joints, and 53 percent said pot-smokers weren’t considered cool. Hard drugs, including ecstasy, MDMA and cocaine, were considered uncool by 81 percent of respondents.
Speaking to the paper, psychologist Christian Fichter said “Someone who wants to be cool eats well, does sport and doesn’t take drugs,” he said, but noted that drinking was clearly an exception. “In contrast with smoking, drinking alcohol in moderation is relaxing and has a social side,” he said.
According to Swiss Addiction, alcohol is “anchored in Swiss culture” and 80 percent of people aged over 15 drink regularly. Although alcohol consumption in Switzerland has dropped since the 1980s, a recent study showed that a fifth of the population over 15 drink too much alcohol or too often, a statistic that is on the rise in the 20-24 age group.
However the last survey carried out by HSBC for Addiction Suisse in 2014 showed that both alcohol consumption and tobacco smoking among young people aged 11 to 15 had reduced since the previous survey four years earlier.