According to recent figures just 15% of young people admit to regularly exceeding recommended guidelines surrounding alcohol (three to four units of alcohol a day for men, two or three units for women).
Looking at the nation as a whole, more than a fifth of adults are choosing to go teetotal. The figures from the Office of National Statistics found that 21% of adults now do not drink at all, a figure that is up from 19% in 2005.
The number of 16-24 year olds who are teetotal has also increased, from 19% in 2005 to 27% in 2013. In terms of who is likely to binge-drink, the data showed that men who do not live with children are most likely to binge-drink, while women who live with children are least likely.
Looking at the numbers geographically, Londoners are the most teetotal (32%), while over a third of those living in Scotland and the Northeast admit to binge-drinking.
While the ONS said it was difficult to explain the regional differences, binge-drinking is thought by some to be linked to deprived communities.
A spokesman from the Department of Health said: “It is extremely pleasing to see that the number of people binge-drinking continues to fall.”
Although the numbers are positive, Rosanna O’Connor (director of alcohol, drugs and tobacco at Public Health England) warned that alcohol is still a major issue:
“Alcohol-related problems are still widespread in England and alcohol is one of the leading risk factors for illness and premature death.
“This is especially true among disadvantaged groups and deprived communities.”