Drinking, smoking down among young Pinoys

Posted at 02/06/2014 9:50 PM | Updated as of 02/07/2014 11:14 AM

But junk food, soft drinks consumption on the rise

MANILA -- Today's young generation might be more sexually active or more inclined to experiment with drugs and alcohol, but they are still seen to be more "behaved" than from those a decade ago.

A recent survey conducted by the Demographic Research & Development Foundation and the University of Philippines Population Institute, found that current drug use, drinking alcohol and smoking among young Filipinos aged 15 to 24 have dropped.

The survey showed that young Filipinos who are "current smokers" declined from 20.9% in 2002 to 19.7% in 2013. The same survey also found that young Filipinos who engage in alcohol and drug use dropped 4% and 7% from 2002, respectively.

"Perhaps smoking, drinking and drug use have become too expensive for them, the youth has found other vices, or they are just getting more responsible," said survey director Dr. Nimfa Ogena.

Or maybe they have turned to junk food instead.

The same study showed that majority of young Filipinos include instant noodles, grilled street food, chips and carbonated drinks in their weekly diet.

Of the 19,000 polled, 68% reported that they consume carbonated drinks at least once a week, with more than half of the respondents admitting that they include instant noodles, chips and grilled street food in their diet.

Despite this, young Filipinos still consider themselves generally healthy with 16% giving themselves "very healthy" self-assessments and 26% saying they are "healthier than average."