Investigating the growing trend of non-drinking among young people in the United Kingdom
Oct 19, 2018
There is a growing body of evidence from both Australia and overseas showing that more and more young people are choosing not to drink alcohol. An article has been published in BMC Public Health titled “Investigating the growing trend of non-drinking among young people; analysis of repeated cross-sectional surveys in England 2005 - 2015.” The paper looks at data from the Health Survey for England over a decade, which showed the rates of non-drinking increased from 18% in 2005 to 29% in 2015. There were similar increases in not drinking in the past week, with 35% indicating no alcohol consumption in the previous week in 2005 up to 50% in 2015. There were no significant changes in non-drinking amongst people who smoked tobacco, ethnic minorities and those with poor mental health.