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The clock strikes 10 p.m. on a Friday night when the "Parent Patrol" enters a popular playground in suburban Reykjavik. The teens turn down the music and reach for their phones to check the time: It's ticking into curfew.Every In 1999, when thousands of teenagers would gather in downtown Reykjavik every weekend, surveys showed 56 percent of Icelandic 16-year-olds drank alcohol and about as many had tried smoking. Years later, Iceland has the lowest rates for drinking and smoking among the 35 countries measured in the 2015 European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs.In the U.S., teen drinking is a significant health concern, because many U.S. teens are driving cars and don't have access to good public transportation like teens in Europe.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that while U.S. high school drinking has declined substantially in the last 20 years to 32.8 percent in 2015, 17.7 percent of U.S. high school students still binge drink at least once a month.Over Iceland's harsh winter, the one parent admits, evenings sometime pass without running into any students.
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