A third of under-25s now drink no alcohol

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Figures show that the proportion of"lifetime abstainers rose from 9 per cent in 2005 to 17 per cent a decade later

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

The results mean 16 to 24-year-olds are the most sober in recent history, consuming considerably less alcohol than their parents.

The researchers examined data on 9,699 people aged 16-24 years collected as part of the Health Survey for England 2005-2015, an annual, cross-sectional, nationally representative survey looking at changes in the health and lifestyles of people across England.

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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.

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.

Meanwhile the proportion of "lifetime abstainers" rose from 9% in 2005 to 17% a decade later. Furthermore, more young people were also engaging in weekly abstinence compared to previous generations (from 35% to 50%).

"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", Dr. Ng Fat explains.

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But the increased rates of non-drinking were not observed among smokers, ethnic minorities and those with poor mental health, according to the study, which analysed data on nearly 10,000 young people. Risky behaviors such as binge drinking "may be becoming less normalized", the authors explain, while not-drinking "maybe becoming more acceptable".

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