1/3 students don't drink in order to save money, says survey
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A survey of 2,000 students has found that more than a third are sacrificing boozy nights out in order to save cash. 33% of those questioned across 140 UK universities as part of the Sodexo lifestyle survey have cut out alcohol completely, as rising tuition fees and increased cost of living means students are more concerned than ever about their finances. When the survey was carried out in 2010, the number of students forgoing booze completely was 26%. Now, 40% say they drink only once a week. The survey also found that 76% spend £20 per week or less on socialising, up from 61% in 2012. Half of these students are saving their cash by staying at home and seeing friends rather than going out. The survey suggests that “added pressures have contributed to the observed trend over the past six years of students focusing more firmly than ever on their studies, rather than enjoying active social lives.” 10% are still managing to spend more than five hours socialising every day, though – but this is down from 33% in 2006.
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