Youthful abandon: why are young people drinking less?
A new report from the Institute of Alcohol Studies, Youthful Abandon: why are young people drinking less?, suggests that improvements in parenting and the reduced affordability of alcohol are the best explanations for recent declines in underage drinking.
In 2003, 61% of 11-15 year olds had tried alcohol; by 2014 this had fallen to 38%. Yet there is limited research and evidence explaining this phenomenon. Youthful Abandon surveys the academic literature and popular media to collate and assess the leading theories for why children are drinking less.