A positive choice: Young people who drink little or no alcohol

The UK-based Joseph Rowntree Foundation has released a study examining young people aged 16-25 years who drink little or no alcohol in an effort to gain further understanding of their choices, learn from them and identify ways to help support them. One of the key points in the Summary document states that “Drinking and getting drunk is not an automatic rite of passage for young people in the UK. The findings of this study reflect that it is commonplace for young people to drink to choose to drink little or no alcohol.”

Once again it is UK data, but much of what is discussed is relevant to the Australian experience. Sadly, young people interviewed felt that alcohol education as well as alcohol messages are “based on the assumption that young people will drink.”

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