Effects Of Alcohol Consumption On The Uk

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Alcohol consumption in the UK has a clear tradition of having moderate and heavy drinking as seen in Plant and Plant 's (2006) analysis of trends in alcohol consumption. It is also notable that most concerns about levels of alcohol consumption is directed particularly towards young people which most consider to be a link to crime and anti-social behaviour. As a result, there is no denying that a stigma has been attached to young people and alcohol. In the UK, general consumption is on a rise. Data from the British Beer and Pub Association (2006) indicate that the level of alcohol consumed has been rising over the last 50 years. There are noticeable differences in patterns of alcohol consumption in accordance with age. The highest level of consumption being found in the 16-24 year old category, Strategy Unit (2003). This was also linked to other research evidence which suggests that young people are the most likely to report binge drinking. However, this does not necessarily lead to crime and anti-social behaviour as a result, as Sharp and Lowe (1989) argue. Seeing drinking amongst young people as a problem 'runs the risk of turning what is essentially normal behaviour into something deviant '. Therefore, is the stigma associated with young people and alcohol leading to an increase in crime and anti-social behaviour accurate or is it merely a result of moral panic within the older generations of society?

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