Is it conceivable that we, the British, might one day in the not too distant future get over our obsession with booze? Catherine Gray thinks so, and she has statistics to back her up. Apparently 43% of British women and 84% of British men want to drink less; spending on booze, fags and drugs has recently fallen below £12 a week “for the first time ever”; and a recent survey found that 43% of Brits had been teetotal over the past week. Only 3% of millennials say that drinking is “an essential part of socialising”, and there has been a “40% rise in millennials choosing to be teetotal”. Gray concludes from this that booze is soon to go the way of our formerly beloved fags...

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AuthorAlice O'Keeffe