Belgian news in brief, 7 February 2007

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Flemish youths drinking, smoking less

Flemish youths drinking, smoking less

The 2004-05 school year has shown a stablisation and even a small decline in alcohol and drug use among school-age children. The Association for Alcohol and Other Drug Problems (VAD) has surveyed Flemish secondary school students for the past five years. Its findings indicate alcohol is the still the number one drug of choice, with beer as the favourite. However, alcohol use has declined in the past year. Tobacco use has also declined in the past five years. Illegal drug use is largely restricted to cannabis - use of that drug has also fallen in the past 12 months.

Record low in female IT graduates

The number of women studying computer science in tertiary education has reached a record low. Of all IT specialists graduating this year, just 10 percent are women. That figure is well below the average in other European countries. Leuven Catholic University academic Monique Snoeck said many women shy away from the IT industry because they think it is beneath them and due to concerns over a lack of human interaction.

Henin-Hardenne has gastric ulcer

Justine Henin-Hardenne has said on her weblog she is suffering from a small gastric ulcer. The announcement comes after the Belgian tennis ace was heavily criticised for recently withdrawing from the Australian Open final complaining of an upset stomach. French woman Amélie Mauresmo was leading the final 6-1 2-0.

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