Britain’s ‘young foodies’ ditch drink for eating out

Despite the stereotype of students spending all day in the pub, a new report claims that young people are actually shunning alcohol in favour of eating in restaurants.
 
According to the Future Shock report from the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and CGA, fewer than one in ten 19 to 24 year-olds regularly drink outside of the house three or more times a week.
 
Four out of ten young people only go out once every seven days, while one in seven do not go out at all. In total, 60 per cent of young people drink out less than once per week.
 
In contrast, 50 per cent of 19 to 24 year-olds say they now eat out in restaurants, bars, pubs or other dining outlets at least once every week.
 
Speaking about the report, Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive at ALMR, said: “Young people are increasingly planning their social lives around eating out, turning away from drink and towards food. On average, under-25s are eating out between five to six times per month.
 
“This is being driven by the accessibility and affordability of great eating out options, but it’s also the case that young people are just becoming more sophisticated and demanding consumers of food.”
 
She added that since the introduction of the Licensing Act which allowed pubs to relax their opening hours, there has been a 17 per cent fall in alcohol consumption and a drop from 29 per cent to 18 per cent in binge drinking.
 
As well as cutting down on alcohol, many people in Britain are apparently also increasingly avoiding meat, according to a recent survey from NatCen.
 
Nearly one in three (29 per cent) Brits claim to have reduced the amount of meat that they eat, with 44 per cent saying they’ve now either cut down on their intake, are considering doing so or do not eat meat at all.
 
By Owen Mckeon
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