Britons cut down on drinking – data

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Published: Friday 13th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Britain’s young people are shunning alcohol and going teetotal while fewer adults binge on booze as the country reduces its drinking habits, figures show today.

More than one-fifth (21%) of adults have now cut alcohol from their diets, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), up from 19% in 2005.

Binge drinking – defined as regularly exceeding 3-4 units of alcohol per day for men, and 2-3 units for women – also fell over this period, from 18% to 15%, although there has been little change since 2011.

The fall in binge drinking over the period was partly because fewer adults chose to drink alcohol and partly because when people did drink they consumed less, the ONS said.

There was also a rise in the proportion of teetotal 16 to 24-year-olds, increasing from 19% in 2005 to 27% in 2013.

The ONS report said the falls in drinking between 2005 and 2013 “were a result of changes among younger adults, with little or no change in older groups”.

The figures have been welcomed by health officials and those within the alcohol industry.

Published: Friday 13th February 2015 by The News Editor

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