Young, sober? Not if you’re pay­ing…

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - BRIAN READE -

Re­searchers who quizzed 10,000 16-24 year olds about their al­co­hol in­take have con­cluded that a third of them do not drink at all, mak­ing them the most sober young gen­er­a­tion in re­cent his­tory.

I’ve looked at some of my own ex­ten­sive re­search in this field, hav­ing two kids who’ve re­cently been in this age group, and have con­cluded that the ques­tion has been in­cor­rectly framed.

Ac­cord­ing to my fig­ures, a third of 16-24s may not want to buy al­co­hol, but when some­one else is buy­ing it in a pub or has left them a kitchen full of booze at a party, 100% of them grab it with both hands and get so smashed off their skulls they’re drunk for a week.

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