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Alcohol Statistics for England 2012
The latest statistics regarding alcohol consumption, behaviour and attitudes in England were published by The ONS and NHS information Centre on May 31. Key trends In England, in 2010 17% of men and 10% of women (aged 16 and over) reported drinking an alcoholic drink on five or more days in the week prior to interview and 9% of men and 5% of women reported drinking every day during the previous week. There has been a long-term downward trend in the proportion of adults who reported drinking in the week prior to interview. In 1998 75% of men and 59% of women drank in the week prior to interview compared to 68% of men and 54% of women in 2010. 19% of men reported drinking over 8 units and 12% of women reported drinking over 6 units on at least one day in the week prior to interview. The average weekly alcohol consumption for all adults was 15.9 units for men and 7.6 units for women. The overall volume of alcoholic drinks purchased for consumption outside the home has decreased by 44% from 733 millilitres (ml) of alcohol per person per week in 2001/02 to 413 ml per person per week in 2010. This reduction is mainly due to a 52% decrease in the volume of beer purchases from 623 ml to 299 ml per person per week over the same period. 11- 15 year olds 13% of secondary school pupils aged 11 to 15 reported drinking alcohol in the week prior tointerview in 2010 compared with 18% of pupils in 2009 and 26% in 2001. • 45% of pupils said they had drunk alcohol at least once compared with 51% in 2009 and 61% in 2003. • Pupils who drank in the last week consumed an average of 12.9 units There has been a fall in recent years in the proportion of pupils who think that drinking is acceptable for someone of their age. In 2010 32% thought it was okay for someone of their age to drink once a week compared to 46% in 2003. Similarly 11% of pupils thought that it was OK for someone of their age to get drunk once a week compared to 20% who thought that in 2003. Hospital admissions In 2010/11 there were 198,900 admissions where the primary diagnosis was attributable to the consumption of alcohol (the narrow measure). This is a 2.1% increase since 2009/10 when there were 194,800 admissions of this type. This accounts for 1.3% of all hospital admissions. In 2010, there were 6,669 deaths directly related to alcohol. This is a 1.3% increase on the 2009 figure (6,584). Of these alcohol related deaths, 64% (4,275) died from alcoholic liver disease.
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