Brits are drinking LESS alcohol than ever before and it’s down to healthy youngsters

Recently, we told you how new research had shown people are having less sex than they were a generation ago. 

Now, it’s also been revealed that we’re DRINKING less too. 

A new study in prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, has examined global boozing habits between 1990 and 2017.   

It found that in 2017, people around the world collectively consumed 6.5 litres of alcohol. 

This is actually an INCREASE from 1990 when as a planet we only put away 5.9 litres.

But despite boozing being on the rise globally, it’s actually on the decline in the UK, with the rate going from 12.5 litres in 1990 and 12.3 litres in 2010 then a further drop to 11.4 litres in 2017.

The figures back up several recent studies that have shown young people are increasingly shunning drugs and alcohol in favour of a healthier lifestyle. 

Last year, research, published in the journal BMC Public Health, found more than 25% of young people classed themselves as “non-drinkers”, showing a shift in alcohol culture over the last couple of generations. 

It also showed that among those that weren’t completely tee-total, fewer people aged 16-24 were drinking “harmful amounts” of alcohol.

But if we’re drinking less, who is drinking more?

Turns out developing countries like China, the Seychelles and Vietnam are quickly gaining a taste for a boozier lifestyle while areas with previously problematic drinking rates like the UK, Ireland and Eastern Europe are expected to continue to drop by 2030. 

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