Topic 1 Introduction

Epidemiological information is important in planning and evaluating prevention program (Dicker et al. 2006). Since this project aims to prevent tobacco, alcohol, and internet addiction among youth, it is important to know the extent and patterns of the use.

Epidemiological evidence should be based on the relevant and recent scientific research. The focus should be on the data based on large projects, like European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD), focusing on substance use and other risk behaviours among 15-to-16-year-old students, and Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study, focusing on understanding 11-, 13- and 15-year-olds’ health in their social context (relations with family, peers, school and online communication). General population survey data from different countries, collected by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, and the recommendations of this European agency regarding prevention should be considered.

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