London, Oct 8 (ANI): People in Britain are turning their backs on binge-drinking, as booze consumption dropped to its lowest level in 13 years, according to reports.
And many under-30s are shunning drink to stay in and chat with pals online.
The annual consumption, in terms of pure alcohol, by those aged 18 and over has fallen by more than 12 percent from its peak of 9.5 litres in 2004 to just 8.3 litres last year, the same total as in 1999, the Daily Star reported.
Researchers said that young people are also now more health-conscious.
In 2003, 70 percent of 16 to 24-year-olds interviewed said that they'd had a drink in the previous week.
But by 2010, that had dropped to just 48 percent, according to figures compiled by the British Beer and Pub Association.
"Probably the biggest decrease in alcohol consumption I've seen is in young men in their late 20s," Nick Sheron, a liver specialist at Southampton University, said. (ANI)