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How Things Change!

Half of under-25s claim not to drink alcohol every week, as new figures reveal a dramatic shift in the nation’s drinking habits.

In a 2005 survey, two thirds of men and 56 per cent of women admitted drinking in the previous week in a survey in 2005.

A new study published today revealed that the over 45s are more likely to drink on five days a week than younger people.

The Office for National Statistics also revealed the number of smokers has halved in four decades, more people are living alone and more than half of women are not married.

A major analysis of the General Household Survey, set up 1971, reveals the changing behaviour of people living in the UK.

More than half of women under 50 are now unmarried, new figures show.

The Office for National Statistics said that over the last 30 years the proportion of women who were married has fallen by a third while the proportion cohabiting has tripled.

Since 1979, the proportion of women aged 18-49 who were married fell from 74per cent to 47 per cent in 2011.

Over the same period the proportion of couples cohabiting trebled from 11 per cent to 34 per cent. One in five women over 45 do not have children.

The proportion of one-parent households has also tripled, and the proportion of families with only one child increased by around a third.

In 1973 just two per cent of 25-44-year-olds lived alone but by 2011 it had soared to 10 per cent.

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