Britons Are Notably Less Drunk Than We Used To Be
The country is sobering up as young people cut back on booze. Has anyone thought through the consquences?
It might be hard to believe but Britons are drinking less. Quite a lot less.
We're all sobering up. This graph shows the percentage of the public who had a drink in the last week – and it's continuing to decline.
The number of heavy drinkers is also falling.
In part this is because young people can't keep up with the older generation's drinking habits.
The youth of today... are relatively boring.
Or at least, more likely to be sober than people in their 40s and 50s, who continue to neck back gin and tonics like there's no tomorrow.
And this is really pronounced when you look at which age groups drink on at least five different nights a week.
The recession didn't help, since getting drunk requires funds. Less than half of the unemployed have had a drink in the last week.
Although the young do their best for the team by binge drinking on the increasingly rare occassions that they do go out.
And let's not forget the poor, persecuted smoker. Who is twice as likely to be a heavy drinker as their nicotine-free friends.
So next time you're enduring a horrific hangover, consider the prospect that drinkers could one day be in a minority.
All the same, we hope you're braced for a new, sober world.
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