More than a quarter of 16- to 24-year-olds are teetotal, according to a 2017 study. Photograph: JUTTA KLEE’/GETTY IMAGES/FSTOP

A cool glass of sauvignon canalside in the summer. A soothing beer by a pub fire as the leaves turn red. Mulled wine with a Christmas mince pie. Alcohol is shot through British life like, well, shots on a night out. But recent trends suggest that might be changing. Could the British love of booze be drying up as surely as our passion for cigarettes?

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