Official figures signal the rise of the teetotaller in Britain - with almost half the population now shunning a regular drink.
The data from the Office for National Statistics shows the proportion of adults who say they drink alcohol is at the lowest level on record.
In total, 56.9 per cent of those aged 16 and over had a drink in the week before being interviewed - a fall from 64.2 per cent in 2005, the new data shows.
The trend has been fuelled by a rise in teetotalism, with 21 per cent of adults not drinking alcohol at all and lower levels of drinking among the rest of the population.
After decades of rising binge drinking, young people are increasingly turning away from alcohol, the figures show.
However, hospital admissions related to alcohol have reached a record high, with Britain’s baby boomer generation suffering ill-effects of years of hard living.
The ONS figures show that people aged 45 to 64 were the most likely to have drunk in the last week, with 60 per cent of women and 69 per cent of men doing so.
Separate NHS statistics released yesterday show alcohol-related hospital admissions in England have increased by 64 per cent over the last decade.
In 2015/16, there were more than 1.1 million alcohol related hospital admissions, compared with 670,000 in 2005/6.
They included 339,000 admissions where alcohol was identified as the primary factor - a record high.
Alcohol is linked to over 60 illnesses and diseases, including heart disease, liver disease and cancer. Admissions due to liver disease have risen 57 per cent over the last decade, and that the number of people diagnosed with alcohol-related cancer has increased 8 per cent.
Clive Henn, Senior Alcohol Adviser at Public Health England said the number of people cutting down their drinking was “very welcome”.
“Alcohol increases the risk of a wide range of health conditions including high blood pressure, some cancers and depression,” he said.
But he said 10 million people were still drinking at levels that increases their risk of harm, impacting particularly hard on poorer communities.
Married and cohabiting couples are also more likely to knock back alcohol on five or more days a week than single people, though they are slightly less likely to binge drink..
Men and women aged 45 to 64 are also more likely to binge drink than other age group across the whole population (classed as four or more units in one session for men and three for women).
The study found that those in managerial or professional jobs are more likely to drink five days a week or more and drink more heavily in a single session than those in intermediate or manual jobs.
Dave Roberts, director general of industry-funded Alcohol Information Partnership, said: "We welcome the positive trends around binge drinking and harmful drinking which have declined by 17 per cent and 23 per cent respectively since 2005.
"The majority of people that choose to drink do so in a moderate and convivial manner."
Dr Tony Rao, co-chairman of the older people's substance misuse working group at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: "These figures show that alcohol abuse is not a 'young person problem'.
"It's very concerning that while the rest of the population, including younger people, reduces its alcohol intake, baby boomers are drinking at a similar rate as before - and exceeding recommended guidelines.
"People expect to live longer, so they aren't slowing down just because they're in their 60s.”