ALCOHOL AND THE YOUNG

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The Millennial Teetotallers

“The Millennial Teetotalers: Upending the Stereotype of Boozy Britain,” is the title of an article by Kate Samuelson which appeared in the Time magazine in August 2018.  This article points out that the “youthful binge drinking culture,” is undergoing a change.  Young people are not only consuming less alcohol, but a large number of them are giving it up completely.  This trend is noticed not only in Britain where 29 percent of young people aged 16 to 24 declared themselves to be non-drinkers in 2015, but also in other countries.  “It’s most evident in developed and Western countries: in Australia, alcohol consumption recently reached its lowest point since the early 1960s, the decline driven almost entirely by reductions in youth drinking.  In Germany, teen drinking has dropped by half over the past 30 years.  And although drinking data varies widely from state to state in the U.S., research by the Institute of Alcohol Studies suggests that young people are consuming less alcohol than previous generations did at the same age.”

(to be continued)

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