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Teenage pregnancy rates fall as youngsters prefer sensible TV-watching to getting frisky, new study finds


TEEN pregnancies have fallen because clean-living millennials prefer sober time with their family to drunken sex, a study found.

The teenage conception rate in England and Wales has plummeted by 60 per cent since 1998 and by 55 per cent since 2007.

 Teenagers would rather watch TV at home than go out and have drunken sex

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Teenagers would rather watch TV at home than go out and have drunken sex

Now, a survey by pregnancy advice service Bpas has revealed it is because youngsters are too busy being sensible to get frisky. Young people now place a higher value on spending time with family than friends, the poll of 1,004 16- to 18-year olds shows.

And more would rather achieve good school grades and succeed in their career than go out partying. One in four says they never drink alcohol and of those who do booze, most drink no more than a couple of pints at a time.

Many said they appreciate the need to be careful and responsible when drinking and say there is a stigma about teenage pregnancy. Only 34 per cent of those quizzed said they have had sex and those who consumed alcohol at lower levels were least likely to have done so.

They also said they socialised more often online than in person, reducing their opportunity for sex.

 Teenage pregnancy rates in the UK have falled dramatically

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Teenage pregnancy rates in the UK have falled dramatically

Katherine O’Brien, from Bpas, said: “Our research reveals that this is a generation who are focused on their education, aware of economic challenges but determined to succeed regardless, and many of whom enjoy time with their families as much as with partners and friends.

“They seem to place significant value on responsibility and maturity, particularly when it comes to alcohol consumption and sex. We believe that young people themselves are making different choices about the way they live their lives.”

The under-18 conception rate was 47.1 per thousand women aged 15 to17 in 1969 but this had fallen to 18.9 by 2016, the latest year available.

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