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Statistics on Alcohol

Published Monday, January 30, 2017

This note provides a summary of statistics on drinking alcohol among adults in Great Britain and children in England. Data on alcohol related hospital admissions in England and Scotland and alcohol related deaths in England is also shown.

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Following a declining trend between 2005 and 2012, the proportion of men and women drinking in the past week in Great Britain has remained stable over the past three years of available data.

Men continue to be more likely to drink than women and young adults drink less frequently than older age groups. However, young adults are more likely to exceed daily benchmarks regarding alcohol consumption.

In 2014, 8% of children aged 11-15 in England drank alcohol in the last week; this was the lowest level recorded since a peak of 27% in 1996. Most pupils who drank in the last week had done so on one or two days (63% and 25% respectively). On the days they did drink, 45% drank more than four units of alcohol on average.

Alcohol-related conditions were responsible for 104,030 hospital admissions in England in 2014/15. In 2014/15 there were 35,059 alcohol-related stays for patients resident in Scotland.

There were 8,680 alcohol related deaths in the UK in 2014. Alcoholic liver disease was the most common cause of death.

Commons Briefing papers CBP-7626

Author: Rachael Harker

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