The Way We Drink Now is a survey that explores the habits and attitudes of people throughout the UK who drink alcohol and seeks to clarify if they are aware of the dangers associated with excessive drinking. It also looks at certain groups who drink more than others and asks what could motivate them to seek support to moderate their intake.
The survey was based on 1,250 people throughout the UK who drink. As well as providing evidence to back up previous findings into the UK’s drinking habits, the new survey delivered found:
• Women are rapidly gaining equality with men when it comes to hard drinking – 41% of drinkers in the possible alcohol dependent category were female
• People with possible alcohol dependence are more likely to be of a higher social class (ABC1) and well educated degree-level or equivalent)
• Adults who lived with children in the household were statistically more likely to be heavy drinkers, raising questions about the normalisation of excessive drinking for children at an early age
• Many potential alcohol dependent drinkers (AUDIT 20+) exist in a state of denial – with 54% believing that they were ‘fairly normal’ when it came to their drinking habits
• People with possible dependence were three times more likely to have been admitted to hospital or use A&E than those with a lower drinking risk level • 65% of heavy said that they exercise at least twice a week
• Two thirds of those showing risk of alcohol dependence had at least one comorbidity (another simultaneous medical condition), such as depression or anxiety, both of which are strongly linked to excessive alcohol intake.