Alcohol Consumption in England

England's Public Health Service has released its latest report on alcohol consumption. The information is from 2008, the most recent figures available.

The major findings are that:

  • 72% of men reported drinking alcohol within the government guidelines in an average week. 80% of women reported doing so.
  • The average consumption level among both men and women was below government guidelines.
  • Among students age 11 to 15, 18% reported drinking alcohol within the week before the interview. This is 31% lower than seven years earlier.
  • Six percent of men and two percent of women were classified as classified as harmful drinkers. This is defined as having a pattern of drinking which is likely to cause physical or psychological harm. This does not mean that they are alcoholic. Alcoholics would be a small proportion of all harmful drinkers.
  • There were 6,769 deaths in England recorded as directly related to alcohol abuse.

The National Health Service publishes a report on alcohol consumption each year.

Source:

  • National Health Service. Statistics on Alcohol, England 2010. National Health Service. Information Centre for Health and Social Data, 2010. (http://www.ic.nhs.uk/webfiles/publications/alcohol10/Statistics_on_Alcohol_England_2010.pdf)

Readings on Alcohol Drinking in England:

  • Britton, A., and McPherson, K. Mortality in England and Wales attributable to current alcohol consumption. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 2001, 55(6), 383-388; Reuters, Alcohol Cuts England/Wales Deaths by Two Percent (May 7, 2001)
  • El-Maaytah M., et al. The effect of the new "24 hour alcohol licensing law" on the incidence of facial trauma in London. British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 2008, DOI: 10.1016/j.bjoms.2008.01.018
  • Guidelines on drinking for under-18s. Drink Aware website (drinkaware.co.uk)
  • National Health Service. Drinking: Adults' behaviour and knowledge in 2009. Office for National Statistics. www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=6990
  • National Health Service. General Lifestyle Survey, Smoking and Drinking among adults, 2007. Office for National Statistics. www.statistics.gov.uk/ghs/
  • National Health Service. Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England, findings by region 2006 to 2008. The NHS Information Centre. www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/sdd0608region
  • National Health Service. Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England 2008. The NHS Information Centre. www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/sdd08fullreport

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