“In today’s society, there are high expectations for alcohol to be present in social contexts, and one rarely avoids questions if choosing not to drink. The “russetid” (the traditional Norwegian graduation period) is no exception.
Young people report that they feel excluded from the community if they do not drink alcohol. For many, this can lead to loneliness.
Drinking Pressure During the “Russetid”
According to a brand new survey from Blå Kors, 3 out of 4 young people between 16 and 19 years old state that it is expected to drink alcohol during the “russetid”. “Only” 6 out of 10 give the same response about the expectation to drink alcohol at parties.
Ipsos 2022: Expectations of Alcohol Among the “Russ” Conducted by Ipsos for Blå Kors (April, 2022)
# 54% of those aged 16 to 19 respond that they have experienced drinking pressure.
# Girls between 16 to 19 years old experience drinking pressure to a greater extent (60%) than boys (48%).
# 73% respond that it is expected to drink alcohol during the “russetid”. Fewer give the same response about the expectation to drink alcohol at parties (60%).
# 44% of those between 16-19 years old will participate in the “russefeiring” when the time comes. 25% do not wish to participate in the celebration when it becomes relevant.
Can Karate Help Against Drinking Pressure?
Superman, karate influencer, and tiger enthusiast, Tore “The Steel” Johnsen, is driven by his passion to tackle exclusion among young people, martial arts, and the tiger.
There is no scientific proof that karate helps against drinking pressure, but the Blå Kors influencer tries his best regardless. With more or less success. Check out his videos and judge for yourself.”
Find more from Blue Cross Norway (Norway, 2023)