For about the past two years or so I've been pointing out to anyone who'll listen that there isn't a massive alcohol problem in the UK and that the problem is least evident among the young. Finally, this news has reached the Daily Mail:
The latest Department for Health report shows just 17 per cent of women, aged 16 to 24, drank more than six units of alcohol on their heaviest day of drinking, compared to 27 per cent in 2005.
There was also a drop for men, with less than a quarter drinking more than eight units compared to 32 per cent in 2005.
The Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England report also reveals 12 per cent of 11 to 15-year-olds drank alcohol the week before they were polled in 2011 compared to 26 per cent in 2001.
In 2010, more than half had never taste alcohol before, compared to 39 per cent in 2001, while 32 per cent thought it was acceptable to drink, a drop of nearly 10 per cent from 2003.
Have you got that all you health facists, nannying fussbuckets and New Puritans? Now go away and leave us to our lives.