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Table 1 Trends in the proportion (%) non-drinking and drinking pattern among 16–24-year olds, HSE 2005–2015a

From: Investigating the growing trend of non-drinking among young people; analysis of repeated cross-sectional surveys in England 2005–2015

  Year N p-value trend % Change 2005–2015
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Types of non-drinkers
 All 18 23 18 23 24 26 23 27 28 31 29 9699 p < 0.001 61
  Lifetime abstainer 9 14 10 12 13 14 14 16 18 19 17 9699 p < 0.001 89
  Ex-drinker 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 9699 0.371 0
  Occasional drinker 7 7 7 8 9 10 8 9 8 9 10 9699 0.028 43
Not drinking in the last week
 Not drinking in the last week 35 42 39 43 42 48 45 48 48 52 50 9489 p < 0.001 43
 Not drinking in last week (drinkers only) 22 25 27 28 26 31 29 30 30 34 33 7152 p < 0.001 50
Drinking on heaviest drinking day
 Within limits 22 16 19 17 17 14 18 18 19 17 22 9489 0.258 0
 Above limit 43 43 43 40 41 38 37 34 33 31 28 9489 p < 0.001 −35
 Binge 27 29 33 29 32 24 25 23 22 19 18 9489 p < 0.001 −35
  1. aFigures in bold indicate statistical significantly different to 2005, for 95% confidence intervals see Additional file 1: Table S1