Young people are turning their backs on alcohol

The study supports other research that has found that young Britons are turning their backs on alcohol

The study supports other research that has found that young Britons are turning their backs on alcohol

It echoes recent findings by the Office for National Statistics which determined that the number of adults who said they drank alcohol was at its lowest level since surveys began in 2005.

Young British people are drinking less alcohol than a decade ago, with abstinence becoming "mainstream" among teenagers and young adults, a new study reveals.

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.

The research, conducted by University College London, claims abstaining from alcohol is becoming "more mainstream" among people in England aged 16-24.

Researchers also found that 29 per cent called themselves non-drinkers, up from 18 per cent in the same period, and 17 per cent said that they had always been teetotal, up from 9 per cent.

In conclusion, the study said: "Increases in non-drinking among young people has coincided with a delayed initiation into alcohol consumption and are to be welcomed".

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. Factors influencing the shift away from drinking should be capitalised on going forward to ensure that healthier drinking behaviours in young people continue to be encouraged'.

"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". The recent campaigns such as Public Health England's "adopt alcohol-free days" specifically targeted at older consumers who tend to drink lighter but more frequently, but have not have not experienced a similar increase in non-drinking, is an example of this.

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