A Scientific Morning was held at the IREB (Institut de Recherches Scientifiques sur les Boissons) on January 15 2013. The session was devoted to the presentation of the most recent data on young people’s drinking in France and how it compares with the rest of Europe. Participants included Maud Pousset, Director of the French Observatory of Drugs and Drug Addiction (OFDT) and Mary Choquet, President of the scientific committee of the IREB and Director of Honorary Research at the Inserm National Institute of Health and Medical Research.
Alcohol consumption among teenagers in France is roughly around the European average. 25% of 15 year-old boys say they drink alcohol at least once a week. France, however, has one of the highest rates of cannabis use. Maud Pousset expressed regret at the lack of studies in France that provide information about the phenomenon of “binge drinking”.