A lot of today’s young adults are big party drinkers, but the trend is changing

Many older children (mine included) love a good night out! For my middle child and her friends, this has to include pre-drinks or ‘prinks’, at someone’s house beforehand. By the time they leave they are already drunk and more often than not someone doesn’t even make it out of the door. It seems that a night out is considered pointless if they can’t get completely smashed!

Teenage Binge Drinking

I always thought it was a just a short and inevitable phase, but I was wrong. It is still going strong well into her third year of university. Her friends are a lovely bunch of people, with nice families and caring parents but they simply cannot go out without getting completely drunk. Maybe they have been doing it for so long they just think it is the norm?

In their defence, they don’t go out all the time and they always get themselves and each other home, but why do they feel the need to drink so much? I know it is not just them. I hear similar stories about teenage binge drinking from friends and family and although I agree, it IS funny when people get a bit tipsy, why is it funny when they can hardly walk, get kicked out of clubs and spend the night throwing up? I just don’t get it!

We liked to get drunk but not to this extent

When we were young we did the same thing and found it hilarious, but not to this extent. Maybe we were controlled by the high cost of alcohol and the difficulty in buying it without an 18-year-old to help? Cheap ‘pop ‘style alcohol is now readily available, making it easier to drink, which as far as I am concerned should be illegal. We had to push through the taste of bad wine and rough cider in our day in order to get drunk!

Drinking less is the new drunk

This pattern of teenage binge drinking has been developing as a problem for many years but it seems that, at last, it is beginning to change. Drinking less is becoming the new ‘cool’ thing to do. Well, that’s what the statistics tell us and God I hope it’s true! It may be a bit late for my older daughter but is certainly reflected in the behaviours of my youngest and her friends. The new teens are very different from the last ones.

But what next? It is not all good news

Older children will always look for boundaries to push against. So although alcohol and teenage binge drinking is becoming less attractive, which is good, the downside is that drugs are becoming more popular and available. Maybe I will actually miss the heavy binge drinking days of my middle child’s youth as my youngest arrives at the same stage. You win one but lose another! That will have to be my next article, so in the meantime be vigilant.

The Guardian

‘Young people in England born since the turn of the century are the most clean-living generation in recent times, with the rates of those choosing to smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol the lowest on record’.

Binge Drinking – NHS Choices

Teenage Drinking and how to talk to your teenager – Drinkaware


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