Why students have become more boring than their parents
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Ask any recent graduate to describe their typical student and you’ll probably hear words like “lazy”, “drunk”, “stoned” and “poor”. However, take away the stereotypes and look at the facts, and you’ll see that modern students are some of the most conformist, risk-averse and conservative in recent history – probably even more so than their parents. But what about all the drugs, alcohol and sex? The facts show that students and young people are drinking, smoking and experimenting with drugs much less than they did 10 years ago. A study by the Health and Care Social Information Centre found that 43% of 11-15 year olds had tried alcohol in 2012, compared with 61% in 2002. Only 17% of the same group had taken drugs in 2012, compared with 27% in 2002. Furthermore, when students and young people do drink, they’re much less likely to get drunk. Back in 2005, more than a quarter (27%) of 16-24 year old women drank more than six units of alcohol on a big night out, compared with 17% in 2011. It’s happening with men too, with 32% drinking more than eight units of booze in 2005 compared with 24% six years later. It’s the same with drugs. A Guardian survey into student drug use found that 90% of students think their colleagues have tried drugs, when in fact only 55% have – and the numbers are falling further. As for sex – well at least students are more knowledgeable about safe sex than their parents. The growth rate of STIs among those 45 years or older has doubled in the last 13 years.
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