WSTA welcomes progress on underage drinking


The WSTA has today welcomed new figures showing that underage drinking in the UK is continuing to decline. Figures released today by the ONS and HCSIC showed that more young people are not drinking alcohol and those that do are drinking less frequently.

The figures reveal that:

- The proportion of pupils that had never drunk increased to 45% in 2012, from 43% in 2011 and 39% in 2003

- 90% of pupils had not consumed alcohol in the last week – up from 75% in 2003

- The number of pupils that drank at least once a week dropped to 6% in 2012 down from 19% in 2003

WSTA Chief Executive, Miles Beale said:

“This report shows that good progress is continuing to be made in tackling underage drinking. The number of young people that have never drunk alcohol has increased and those that do drink are drinking less frequently.  

The combination of education and responsible drinking messages is reaching young people. That is why our members continue to invest millions of pounds in campaigns to change attitudes to alcohol misuse.”


Notes to Editors:

Copy of the full report here:


The WSTA is the UK organisation for the wine and spirit industry representing over 340 companies producing, importing, transporting and selling wines and spirits. We campaign to promote the industry’s interests with governments at home and abroad. We work with our members to promote the responsible production, marketing and sale of alcohol.

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