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Statistics on Alcohol England 2017 & latest OPN drinking figures

The annual Statistics on Alcohol for England 2017 was released on 3 May, detailing national data for key alcohol-related indicators and health harms. The report presents a range of information on alcohol use and misuse by adults and children drawn together from a variety of sources for England. It includes data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Public Health England (PHE) which is being published on the same day as this report. The overall trend remains one of falls in drinking amongst younger people, whilst many measures of harm including the latest alcohol-related hospital admissions continue to rise, largely driven by heavier drinking mid and older age adults. Key headlines from the release include: Hospital admissions – narrow measure

• There were 339 thousand estimated admissions related to alcohol consumption in 2015/16. This is 3% higher than 2014/15.

• This represents 2.1% of all hospital admissions which has changed little in the last 10 years.

Drinking Prevalence

• 57% of adults reported drinking alcohol in the previous week in 2016 which is a fall from 64% in 2006. This equates to 25.3 million adults in England.

• Those who drank more than 8/6 units on their heaviest day in the last week fell from 19% to 15%. Deaths

• In 2015, there were 6,813 deaths which were related to the consumption of alcohol. This is 1.4% of all deaths. alc-eng-2017-rep.pdf The latest release of the Adult Drinking Habits in Great Britain report describes alcohol consumption data for adults aged 16 years and above in Great Britain from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN).

• In Great Britain, 56.9% of respondents aged 16 years and over in 2016 drank alcohol, which equates to 29 million people in the population.

• 7.8 million people “binged” on alcohol on their heaviest drinking day.

• Young people aged 16 to 24 years in Great Britain are less likely to drink than any other age group; but when they do drink, consumption on their heaviest drinking day tends to be higher than other ages. A greater percentage of female drinkers aged 16 to 24

• The highest earners, those earning £40,000 and above annually, are more likely to be frequent drinkers and “binge” on their heaviest drinking day when compared with the lowest earners.

• In 2016, similar patterns of drinking were observed in England, Scotland and Wales; of the English regions, binge drinking was more common in the north.

• Among men who “binged”, normal strength beer was the most popular choice of alcohol, for females wine was the most popular choice. bulletins/
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