Leah Sian Davies
Youth Coach, Speaker and Writer
Last month I got to deliver a lunchtime talk to staff at Cardiff University about the change in attitudes to alcohol amongst young people. I find this topic fascinating because having spent 10 years working in the field of drug and alcohol addiction before starting my own business I’m noticing how much has changed in relation to alcohol.
‘The proportion of 16-24-year-olds who are teetotal increased by more than 40% between 2005 and 2013. Today, 1 in 5 is teetotal.’
‘Binge drinking among young adults fell from 29% to 18% between 2005 and 2013 and fell from 25% to 19% among those aged 25 to 44.’
Office for National Statistics 2015
I think this is quite exciting and shows that the new generation of young people are very different to previous ones. I have definitely noticed this in my work with young people too. I feel that they are far less interested in getting drunk and seem to spend more time with their families or have friends around to the house for 18th and 21st birthday parties, which is very different to when I was 18! For more