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Go to a bar? We prefer gym to gin

YOUNG people are shunning boozy nights in pubs and clubs to spend time working out before being tucked up in bed by midnight, a study found.

The generation who in the past would have been propping up a bar or dancing the night away are now more concerned with their fitness, with 54 per cent of the 1,000 18 to 35-year-olds surveyed saying they’d rather visit a gym than a pub.

A total of 32 per cent are teetotal and a quarter said they didn’t enjoy drinking alcohol as much as they used to — while 40 per cent admitted they hadn’t been to a bar or nightclub throughout last year.

Of those polled, 35 per cent preferred not to stay out past midnight and 22 per cent said partying had ‘affected their sleep cycle’ for several days afterwards, leaving them drained.

One in five would rather spend time at the gym with friends. David Lloyd Clubs, which commissioned the study, has launched a high-intensity dance class called Blaze, where friends can compare activity levels on big screens via heart rate monitors, which brings ’the fun of a nightclub to the fitness studio’.

A spokesman for the gym group said: ‘Saturday nights used to be all about letting your hair down, having a few drinks, and putting your dancing shoes on with most of Sunday spent recovering on the sofa nursing a hangover. But a new generation are swapping their party shoes for running shoes.’