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8th February 2013


The Café is fast taking over from the pub as the in-place for young people to meet – which is helping to turn Britain into a less ‘boozy’ nation.

According to a study by the British Beer and Pub Association, alcohol consumption levels among young people is on the decrease.    Their study, using figures from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Office for National Statistics, shows that in 2003 70% of 16-24 year olds told interviewers they had had a drink in the previous week. By 2010 that number had dropped to 48%.   Furthermore, overall consumption per person fell 12% between 2004 and 2011 – a drop in pure alcohol terms from 9.5 litres per person per annum to 8.3 litres.

“One reason for this drop is that young people are choosing to go to café’s to socialise as opposed to going to going out drinking,” says Jim Winship, Director of the Café Society.   “Indeed, cafes are fast becoming the social hubs in cities across the UK, regaining the position they once held.

“Indeed, back in the 1700s the London café scene was at the heart of life.   People would  not just go there for refreshments but also to get up to date with the latest news and to debate current issues.   They were well frequented by politicians and leading figures such as Samuel Pepys.”

Social networking is a huge part of young people’s lives and cafes provide an extremely easy and convenient meeting place where people can gather to chat, or just sit and plug in their smart phones or laptops in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere.

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For further press information, please contact Café Society Director Jim Winship on 01291 636331

The Café Society is a trade body representing the UK’s café operators.   Its aim is to encourage and recognise excellence by promoting high standards of food————————–

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