Why more young peo­ple are shun­ning booze

Closer (UK) - - Inside This Issue -

The num­ber of young peo­ple turn­ing their backs on al­co­hol has nearly dou­bled in the last decade, with al­most one in three never touch­ing a drop, ac­cord­ing to new re­search. The study by Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don found the pro­por­tion of 16 to 24 year olds who do not drink al­co­hol had in­creased from 18 per cent in 2005 to 29 per cent in 2015. The study also found that young peo­ple who did drink were con­sum­ing less harm­ful amounts of al­co­hol, and that binge drink­ing rates were fall­ing.

Dr Linda Ng Fat, lead au­thor of the study, said, “The in­crease in young peo­ple who choose not to drink al­co­hol sug­gests that this be­hav­iour may be be­com­ing more ac­cept­able, whereas risky be­hav­iours, such as binge drink­ing, may be be­com­ing less nor­malised.” Even celebri­ties are get­ting in on the act, with model Daisy Lowe, 29, and pre­sen­ter Fearne Cot­ton, 37, both em­brac­ing so­bri­ety. Closer speaks to stu­dent Erona, 19, who has cho­sen to live al­co­hol-free…

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