The sample of under-30s surveyed gave an average amount of Â£1,073 owed per person in credit card debt, below half of the average debt incurred by 30-50 year-olds.
The under-30s made greater use of overdrafts, with 51 per cent using the facility offered by their account. The majority who admitted to owing Â£1,000 or more were students who do not pay for the facility.
Research by debt adviser Thomas Charles also revealed that 82 per cent of under-25s have a student loan, equating to one person in four.
Samantha Owens, head of research at the online company Moneyfacts, commented that taking on large debts to pay back on the ‘never-never’ can lead to people getting more used to being in debt.
“Borrowing starts from a relatively young age for a lot of people,” she said, adding that student loans had made this more of a norm.
The younger age group appear to want to keep cumulative interest payments down but overdraft control pinpoints the need for more targeted debt management: 20 per cent of under-30s say they are permanently overdrawn and nine per cent have exceeded their limit over the past six months.