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2019.05.16 11:15

One in six Lithuanian school students drink alcohol, survey shows

LRT.lt2019.05.16 11:15

An alarming number of school students in Lithuania drink alcohol, move too little and are stressed at school, an international survey shows.

The Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) survey collects data on 11- to 15-year-old boys' and girls' health and well-being, social environments and health behaviours every four years.

The new report shows that one in six school students in Lithuania regularly drink alcohol, one of the worst results in Europe.

Moreover, one in ten Lithuanian teenagers smoke and nearly a fifth said they had tried cannabis.

The survey also looked into teenagers' well-being at school. In Lithuania, over 60 percent said workloads were too high and only a third liked going to school.

Some school students also reported regular psychosomatic symptoms, including irritation, mood swings, headaches and stomach aches.

The results indicate alarmingly low physical activity among Lithuanian teenagers, with only 18 percent spending at least an hour a day actively.