Young people in the UK are binge drinking less 🍺, but not because of their health
The share of young people who binge drink is falling in the UK, from 49% of drinkers aged 16 to 24 years in 2005 to 37% in 2016.
Share of young people who said to have drank heavily in the previous week in the UK
The Institute of Alcohol Studies points to two main reasons for the drop.
Young people have less money to spend on alcohol 💷, due to higher tuition, more taxes, and the recession. And parents are worrying more about their children’s drinking 👨👨👦.
Other reasons include an increase in legal enforcement against underage drinking 🚔 and a backlash from young people against the previous generation’s drinking habit 🍻.
But the UK is still among the top binge drinkers of the world 😕. It ranks 13th for heavy drinking and 25th for alcohol consumption in general among 196 countries.
Belarus tops the list of drinking per person, followed by Moldova, Lithuania, and Russia, according to the World Health Organization.