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Drinking trends in the UK change all the time. They also vary by age, gender, and where people live. Looking at these trends tells us who is drinking what, but also how culture may be changing. Over the last century, the overall amount of alcohol consumed per person in the UK has risen and fallen repeatedly. Since reaching a peak in the mids, consumption has been falling steadily — especially among young people.

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In an exclusive Tonight survey we reveal that young people are drinking with alarming regularity — over 1, year olds responded to our survey conducted by OnePoll. Matthew was no different from many other teens around the country.

But a drinking game on New Years Eve changed all that. Matthew drank a bottle of Ouzo and passed out, his frineds put him to bed to sleep it off but Matthew never woke.

The amount of alcohol in his system lead to his vital organs shutting down and Matthew stopped breathing. So what makes young people drink so much? Is it the cheap prices?

To find out we speak to a group of students aged 19 to 21 about their drinking habits and they tell us that all of these things play a part in why they drink so much. They also explain that there is a huge trend for getting drunk at home before going out — pre-loading — has taken off because drinking shop bought alcohol is cheaper than buying it in a bar. We follow four of the students, Sam, Codi, Jake and Francesca on a night out to see how much they drink and put them through some health checks before and after to measure the effect it has on their bodies.

Before the night out all 4 students are generally healthy and there is no alcohol in their system. According to latest figures the of under 30 year olds admitted to hospital with liver disease in England has almost doubled in the past decade. Gary Reinbach was just 22 when he was admitted to hospital with liver disease.

Like many teenagers he started drinking casually at the age of But by the time he was 18 he was doing it regularly. The amount he was putting away, and the regularity, was taking a toll on his health. Gary was admitted to hospital but ten weeks later died of liver failure as a direct result of his alcohol consumption. The concern is that an increasing of young people are becoming dependent on drink, too.

Once, the majority of young alcoholics were male — but our young women are quickly catching up. A naturally shy girl Phoebe started drinking alcohol when she was 16 to gain confidence but within 3 years she was dependent on it and drinking 6 litres of cider each day. In Liverpool the programme catches up with the student volunteers - Jake, Sam, Codie and Francesca - to reveal how much they drank on their night out. The recommended daily amount of units is 3 for women, 4 for men but our students got through a lot more than that….

We repeated the medical tests with Dr Ghosh to measure the impact of this on their health. The ultrasound scans reveal that all of the students are dehydrated — hardly surprising.

Are your drinks getting stronger, or are you just getting older?

The blood tests tell us the concentration of alcohol in their blood - the higher it is the more damage it causes. A reading of is likely to be fatal but anything over is considered medically dangerous.

All our students had a reading over Finally we look at the impact of this on their liver function and there is a shock for Sam who at just 19 years old is showing the first s of liver disease. The good news is that any liver damage is reversible and if Sam abstains from alcohol for a week or so his liver will heal.