A fresh study of young people across England has revealed the trend towards non-drinking has continued.

 

Research published in the peer-reviewed journal, BMC Public Health, has shown among younger Millennials and Generation Z that 25 per cent are classing themselves as "non drinkers".

The study by University College, London, looked at the drinking habits of nearly 10,000 young people, discovering that abstinence from booze was spread across social classes and geographical areas.

Lead author of the report, Dr Linda Ng Fat, said the increase in non drinking should be welcomed from a public health perspective.

Figures have risen from 18 per cent being non drinkers in 2005 to 29 per cent by 2015 – and rising.

The number of so called "lifetime abstainers" has risen from 9 per cent to 17 per cent and the number drinking harmful levels of booze has also fallen.

A decade ago, 43 per cent drank over the recommended daily limit – but this has almost halved. Binge drinking has also fallen – from 27 per cent to 18 per cent between 2005 and 2015.

Dr Linda Ng Fat, the lead author of the study, said: "Increases in non-drinking among young people were found across a broad range of groups, including those living in northern or southern regions of England, among the white population, those in full-time education, in employment and across all social classes and healthier groups.

"That the increase in non-drinking was found across many different groups suggests that non-drinking may becoming more mainstream among young people, which could be caused by cultural factors.

"The increase in young people who choose not to drink alcohol suggests that this behaviour maybe becoming more acceptable, whereas risky behaviours such as binge drinking may be becoming less normalised."