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New study shows young people ‘pre-load’ alcohol because night clubs are ‘scary’

In a new study by Plymouth University it has been suggested that young people who “pre-load” on alcohol before going out to bars and clubs do so because they find such venues “scary”.

A study found that 18-23 year olds drink significant quantities of alcohol at home before venturing out to venues in the evenings as they prefer the feeling of “control” when they drink in private with friends.

The findings run contrary to a popular understanding that young people “pre-drink” or “pre-load” in order to take advantage of cheaper alcohol at supermarkets and off licences, as opposed to buying drinks in bars and clubs.

If we could change the perception of nightclubs might this lead to a healthier level of alcohol consumption?

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Group Manager: Community Safety and Substance Misuse
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