Third of under-24s ‘drink to get drunk’

The Independent (UK) 7 September 2010
More than a third of young adults go out just to get drunk, a survey showed today. More than one in four admitted they had no idea how they got home at least once in the last year and almost a fifth had an alcohol-fuelled one-night stand. The ICM poll, of 2,000 adults aged 18-24, found 36% of those questioned went out drinking with the specific intention of getting drunk, alcohol awareness charity Drinkaware said. The survey also found that one in three young adults thought it was acceptable to wake up without knowing how they got home after a drinking session and one in 25 believed it was OK to end up in hospital. Drinkaware’s £100 million five-year campaign Why Let Good Times Go Bad? was backed by Home Secretary Theresa May today. “These worrying statistics are further evidence that the benefits promised by the 24-hour drinking ‘cafe culture’ have failed to materialise,” Mrs May said.