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Young people and alcohol

Today, young people's drinking habits differ from older generations. Recent trends suggest that they drink less often during the week, but that they are more prone to heavy episodic or binge drinking when they do. This may be down to a culture of drinking in which excessive consumption is encouraged as part of facilitating group belonging in young adulthood.

This series of factsheets focuses on the drinking habits of young people, from late adolescence (15 to 17 years) through young adulthood (at 18) to 24 years. There will be some overlap with adolescents, as many statistical publications collect data on people from the age of 16 years of age. Because of the early onset of drinking in British culture, it is assumed that some of what applies to young adults also applies to adolescents.

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