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The end of the bender? Stars embrace sobriety

The Independent wonder whether there’s a change of lifestyles amongst celebrities and highlights a number who don’t drink, or don’t do so in public. They ask:

So are all these stars at the vanguard of a new post-alcohol era? Despite the widespread perception of a binge drinking culture in Britain, official statistics seem to suggest this is wide of the mark. In a recent study, the Institute of Alcohol Studies found that a growing number of Britons are abstaining from drink.

The Office for National Statistics agrees. Its most recent survey found the percentage of non-drinking women increased from 41 to 44 per cent between 1998 and 2006. For men, the numbers increased from 25 per cent in 1998 to 29 per cent. And believe it or not, the trend is borne out among underage drinkers. The number of boys aged between 11 and 15 who had never drunk alcohol rose from 38 to 46 per cent. With girls, the figures for non drinkers increased from 42 to 46 per cent.

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