It’s always interesting to see comparative data, and this project is looking at urban health across 26 European cities – 5 of which are British.
I’ve extracted the data that relates to smoking drinking and drug use and as you’ll see there are some considerable differences.
Perhaps most obviously Merseyside and Greater Manchester teenagers are far more likely to have engaged in heavy drinking that either the other British cities or the European average, and it is those two cities that also lead on the proportion of young people who first drunk at or under the age of 13 years.
I’m also struck by the fact that youth in all the British cities were above the average when it comes to ever having used cannabis – the difference ranges from 2 to 8%.
More positively daily smoking is considerably lower than the EU average in 4 of the 5 cities.