German Lopez at Vox reports:
If you look at the data, there’s no evidence to support the idea that Europe, in general, has a safer drinking culture than the US.
According to international data from the World Health Organization, European teens ages 15 to 19 tend to report greater levels of binge drinking than American teens.
This continues into adulthood. Total alcohol consumption per person is much higher in most of Europe. Drinkers in several European countries — including the UK, France, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, and Iceland — are also more likely to report binge drinking than their US counterparts.
Younger teens in Europe appear to drink more, as well. David Jernigan, an alcohol policy expert at Johns Hopkins University, studied survey data, finding that 15- and 16-year-old Americans are less likely to report drinking and getting drunk in the past month than their counterparts in most European countries.
File under Wisdom of the Mormons.