Young adults in Britain turn their backs on alcohol

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 11, 2018

This trend, the authors note, is largely powered by people who never start drinking.

"It may be that young people are more aware of the impact that social media has on all areas of life and how they can be portrayed after having a few drinks", he told The Times. The survey was first carried out in 1991 and involve around 8,000 adults and 2,000 children each year.

Nearly 10,000 young people were questioned in a survey which confirmed that those aged 16-24 were the most sober in recent history, consuming considerably less than their parents.

According to a new study, published in the journal BMC Public Health, more than a quarter of 16-24 year olds consider themselves as non-drinkers.

The team found that "lifetime abstainers" from alcohol rose from 9 percent in 2005 to 17 percent in 2015.

There were also "significant" decreases in the number of young people who drank above recommended limits - down from 43 per cent to 28 per cent - or who binge drink, reduced from 27 per cent to 18 per cent.

"That the increase in non-drinking was found across many different groups suggests that non-drinking may becoming more mainstream among young people which could be caused by cultural factors".

Dr Linda Ng Fat, who led this study said in a statement, "Increases in non-drinking among young people were found across a broad range of groups, including those living in northern or southern regions of England, among the white population, those in full-time education, in employment and across all social classes and healthier groups".

The study concluded that young adults today were drinking less than their parents did but alcohol consumption rates failed to decline among smokers, those with mental health conditions and also among certain ethnic minorities.

"The increase in young people who choose not to drink alcohol suggests that this behaviour maybe becoming more acceptable, whereas risky behaviours such as binge drinking may be becoming less normalised".

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