A large proportion of young people are shunning alcohol completely – according to a new study.
Researchers said that abstaining from alcohol was becoming ‘more mainstream’ among people in England aged 16 to 24 after the study showed a rise in non-drinkers.
The new research – published in the journal BMC Public Health – found that more than a quarter of youngsters classed themselves as ‘non drinkers’.
Researchers from University College London said that the norms around alcohol drinking appeared to be changing.
They studied data from the annual Health Survey for England and found that the proportion of 16 to 24-year-olds who do not drink alcohol has increased from 18 per cent in 2005 to 29 per cent in 2015.