Students more responsible drinkers than adult workers

October 8th, 2010 - 6:56 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Oct 8 (IANS) Students seem to be more responsible drinkers than young adult workers.

They are more likely to drink less and are less likely to find it acceptable to end up in hospital or have a run-in with the police due to excessive alcohol intake, researchers said.

A poll questioned 1,700 young people and found that almost a third claimed that they stopped drinking before they reached their personal limit compared to a quarter of young workers of a similar age, the Telegraph reported.

Just three percent of students thought it was acceptable to end up in hospital after drinking too much, compared to five percent of young adults who were in work.

However, three in 10 students still admitted to blacking out, or losing their memory after drinking too much.

The survey, commissioned by the alcohol charity Drinkaware, found that less than one in 10 (nine percent) of students say they drink 16 units of alcohol or more - equivalent to eight pints of beer or eight glasses of wine - on a night out, compared to one in eight (12 percent) of young working adults.

The survey did find that more than half (54 percent) of students admit they still drink at least double the daily limit guidelines.

The same proportions of both students and young adult workers (29 percent) said their friends would ridicule them if they chose to drink soft drinks on a night out.

The survey questioned 1,715 18-24-year olds who were either students or working.

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