A youth subculture of drinking
in Women drinking out in Britain since the early twentieth century
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From the late 1970s a new youth drinking culture supplanted traditional northern pub customers. Sex and class had previously set perimeters for pub drinkers, whereas age and geography now became the chief delineators. Pub and club became the mainstay of youth culture, with the 18-24 years olds the chief imbibers of alcohol. Concern about youth drinking arose because of unhealthy drinking patterns in which prodigious amounts of potent alcoholic beverages were consumed during an evening. Large cities, especially in the north, had the largest numbers of licensed venues, and exhibited the most conspicuous problems. Commitment to getting drunk was one powerful youth motivation for drinking, though scholars have advanced other explanations.


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