Rates of alcohol consumption are especially low among those in their early 20s, individuals on the cusp of Millennial and Gen Z. 2 So, why are fewer people drinking, especially young people? Our drug and alcohol detox center explores the decline in alcohol consumption.
The declining alcoholism statistics show that drinking is on the decline. Younger generations are buying less alcohol than their predecessors. Millennials buy less alcohol than Baby Boomers, who bought more than Generation X. Gen Xers lead the pack in percentage of income spent on alcohol, but the overall consumption may be dwindling. 3
There are several factors contributing to the generational drinking differences. Millennials and Gen Zers are used to always being under the digital microscope, their drunken antics can be instantly shared to their entire social network, both professionally and casually. A drunk night does not simply vanish as it may have in the past, and the embarrassment post-intoxication may be relived through a digital record.
Many younger Americans are ditching binge drinking for additional reasons, including a focus on wellness. The known health effects of alcohol consumption lead many people to avoid drinking altogether in pursuit of greater overall health. This has led some drink companies to market wellness drinks containing alcohol, though time will tell how successful and truthful this approach is.
At Banyan Treatment Center, we are thrilled to see the new trend of sobriety from alcohol abuse.