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Young, British and sober

Empty bottles

Out with the alcohol - in with a clear head!

Britain's young people like to drink lots of alcohol… or do they? The view that 18-year-olds just go out to get drunk may be far from reality.

In this programme we hear about research by the BBC that found more and more young people are not drinking.

We find out some of the reasons behind the change, and explore vocabulary related to drinking alcohol - and giving it up.

This week's question:

How many units are there in a typical bottle of wine? Is it:

a) 8

b) 10

c) 13

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.


Young, British and sober

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feeling or opinion about something

let my hair down

relax and enjoy myself

binge drinking

drinking a lot of alcohol in a short space of time


eaten or drunk (something)


drunk; unable to behave normally because you have drunk too much alcohol


feeling tired and ill the day after drinking too much alcohol


not doing something


the ability to control your behaviour


not drunk; without any alcohol in your system

awareness campaigns

planned activities to increase people's knowledge and understanding of a subject


slang word for drinking alcohol



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