Decreases in Japanese adolescent drinking in 1996, 2000 and 2004 national surveys of Japanese junior and senior high school students

Kenji Suzuki, Yoneatsu Osaki, Kiyoshi Wada, Sachio Matsushita, Kenji Hayashi, Takashi Ohida, Yoshitaka Kaneita, Hideyuki Kanda, Masumi Minowa, Takeo Tanihata

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We conducted three national surveys to clarify the drinking status of Japanese junior and senior high school students in 1996, 2000 and 2004. The total numbers of subjects in each survey were about 50 thousands junior high school students and 70 thousands senior high school students. The present study compares drinking status and alcohol related problems of the subjects of the three surveys. The results were as follows. First, drinking experiences of the subjects decreased over the three surveys. Those of junior high school students dropped from 60% to 40%, and those of senior high school students from 75% to 60%. Second, drinking behavior of the subjects has changed, e.g., the amount of drinking on each occasion has decreased, failures due to drunkenness have also decreased, compliance with the Law Prohibiting Minors Drinking has increased, their buying alcoholic drinks has decreased and experiences of being offered alcohol by parents have decreased. Third, male problem drinkers among the subjects decreased slightly but female problem drinkers did not decrease. We discussed the reasons why Japanese adolescent drinking has decreased. Over the past 10 years, Japanese society started to prohibit adolescent drinking, by revising the Law Prohibiting Minors Drinking, penalties for driving while intoxicated became more severe and Japanese alcohol consumption started to decrease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-151
Number of pages14
JournalNihon Arukōru Yakubutsu Igakkai zasshi = Japanese journal of alcohol studies & drug dependence
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2007
Externally publishedYes


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