Nearly half of people aged between 18 to 24-year-olds (46%) can no longer afford to go out socially, compared to 34% of the general population, according to new research. A poll of more than 2,000 people by leading medical research website Patient.co.uk also found a lack of money has made under-25s feel isolated. Some 24% of under-25s also admitted to drinking more heavily since the start of the economic crisis, compared to just 14% of all adults. Around one in eight (12%) feels lonelier as a result of the economic crisis, while 57% of this age group have gained or lost weight. Official figures for England released last November showed the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) has risen to a record level. There were 1,163,000 people aged 16 to 24 not in education, employment or training, according to the most recent quarterly figures. Neil Laycock, managing director of the site, said: “The financial crisis means we have less time, less money and more worry - factors not helpful to our health. The volume and changing nature of searches we've witnessed on the site suggested the connection. This research confirmed it.”