According to a study published in the British journal BMC Public Health, focused on youth habits, a decline in alcohol consumption among young adults (aged 16-24) has been observed for some years. Of the nearly 100,000 young people surveyed, 29% regard themselves as non-drinkers, when in 2005 the figure reached just 18%.
In 2005, in fact, 43% of young people admitted drinking above the recommended limits, a figure that drops to 28% ten years later. Compulsive consumption has fallen from 27 to 18% in the same period, and levels of abstention have risen from 9 to 17%.
As the authors of the research said in a post published by the portal The Drinks Business, the growth of non-drinkers among the young population is spread over a wide range of groups, including the inhabitants of the northern and southern regions of England, the white population, full-time students, employees and all kinds of social classes. This growth indicates that abstinence from alcohol is becoming a trend that could find its origin in cultural factors.
This behaviour is becoming more socially acceptable, while the risky behaviours associated with compulsive use are being placed outside of normalcy. This confirms the data offered by the World Health Organisation, which show a dramatic decrease in alcohol consumption among English teenagers, compared with other European countries.
The fact is that between 2002 and 2014 there has been a significant reduction in consumption among adolescents, but with very variable figures among countries, giving England the most drastic reduction: while in 2002 50.3% declared drinking weekly, in 2002 the figure was down to 10%.