Young people’s explanations for the decline in youth drinking
Mar 31, 2023
Across wealthy countries, there has been a clear trend of declining youth alcohol consumption. There have been a variety of explanations as to why this might be, however, this report seeks answers from young people themselves. In this research report titled “Young people’s explanations for the decline in youth drinking in England”, researchers conducted individual and group qualitative interviews with a total of 96 young people aged between 12 and 19 years. The researchers also conducted an online survey which included 547 young people. The research identified eight key themes put forward by the young people. These included: potential alcohol-related harm, changes in contemporary youth cultures including places where young people socialise, affordability of alcohol, displacement of alvohol by other substances, access to alcohol being limited by regulation,s concern about their future, parenting practices and changes in the home environment. There were also some young people that disputed the decline, which perhaps indicates that declining alcohol use in young people may not be uniform across all young people.
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