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Swedish teens prefer gaming over drinking, according to this study

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A new study from the Central Association for Alcohol and Other Drugs concluded that Swedish teens are drinking less alcohol and instead turning to video games, Sveriges Radio reports.

According to the survey, 46 percent of the country's ninth grade students consumed alcohol in the past year. Comparatively, a similar study taken 15 years ago noted 80 percent of Swedish teens consumed alcohol that year. Video games and social media are said to be the primary reason behind this shift.

A translated statement from organization department manager Ulf Guttormsson pointed to the role of computers and internet in helping teenagers create identities through online anonymity and role-playing, making the use of alcohol to provide this same effect less prevalent.