The survey was first carried out in 1991 and involve around 8,000 adults and 2,000 children each year.
One third of young 16-24 year old's are not drinking alcohol at all. They looked at the proportion of non-drinkers among social demographic and health sub-groups, along with alcohol units consumed by those that did drink and levels of binge drinking.
Researchers said abstaining from alcohol was becoming "more mainstream" among people aged 16 to 24 after the analysis showed a rise in the proportion of non-drinkers.
The team found that "lifetime abstainers" from alcohol rose from 9 percent in 2005 to 17 percent in 2015.
But the study of 10,000 young people also found that increased rates of non-drinking were not seen among cigarette smokers, ethnic minorities and people with poor mental health.
It's an idea that would have horrified previous generations - young people in Britain are not only drinking less, they're actually not starting drinking at all.
Dr Linda Ng Fat, who led this study said in a statement, "Increases in non-drinking among young people were found across a broad range of groups, including those living in northern or southern regions of England, among the white population, those in full-time education, in employment and across all social classes and healthier groups".
Young British people are drinking less alcohol than a decade ago, with abstinence becoming "mainstream" among teenagers and young adults, a new study reveals.
Researchers found young people in England aren't just drinking less alcohol, more are never taking up drinking at all.
But the increased rates of non-drinking were not observed among smokers, ethnic minorities and those with poor mental health, according to the study, which analysed data on nearly 10,000 young people.
Still, the authors caution that the cross-sectional, observational nature of this study does not allow for conclusions about cause and effect to be drawn at this time.