British boozers may be a thing of the past, as, according to a report published by the Office for National Statistics, “more than 1 in 5 adults” said they do not drink any alcohol at all.
As many as 21% of the population now profess to be teetotal, which has increased slightly from 19% in 2005.
Young adults, aged between 16 and 24, are primarily responsible for this change, with the proportion of young adults who said they do not drink alcohol at all increasing by over 40% between 2005 and 2013. Moreover, the number of young adults who drank frequently has also fallen since 2005, with only 1 in 50 young adults in 2013 saying that they drink alcohol frequently.
London has considerably more teetotal adults than any other region of Great Britain, with almost a third of adults in London claiming not to drink alcohol at all.
The proportion of adults who binged at least once in the week before interview decreased from 18% in 2005 to 15% in 2013. Young adults were mainly responsible for the decrease in binge drinking, with the proportion who had binged falling by more than a third since 2005, from 29% to 18%.
Alcohol misuse costs the NHS approximately £3.5 billion every year, and there were a million alcohol related hospital admissions in 2011/12 in England alone.