A Statistical Look at Alcohol Consumption

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As the new Health and Social Care Information Centre's (HSCIC) report into UK drinking habits is to be published over the coming months we take a look at last year’s statistics which were published 29 May 2014.

The report covers topics from drinking habits and behaviors amongst adults over 16yrs and school children aged 11-15 yrs, drinking related illnesses and alcohol consumption for men and women.

Between 2005 and 2012 the amount of alcohol consumed during the week by men in Great Britain fell from 72% to 64% and for women 57% to 52%.

The economical crisis may have affected the drinking habits of many of those interviewed as alcohol bought for consumption outside of the home, such as in a pub, fell by 9.8% from 2009-2012. However household spending on alcoholic drinks during the same period in the UK increased by 1.3%.

Alcohol consumption amongst school pupils aged 11-15yrs fell by 43% in 2012 from 61% in 2003.

In 2012-2013 there was an estimated 1,008,850 alcohol related hospital admissions, where an alcoholic disease, injury or condition was the main reason for their admission. That’s around 1,890 alcohol related hospital admissions per 100,000 population in England.

65% of those hospital admissions were men, making them more likely to be admitted to hospital with alcohol related illness, disease or injury than a woman.

However this was not the case amongst the under 16’s as females were more likely to be admitted to hospital with an alcohol related illness than men.

Alcohol is 10% of the UK burden of disease and death, making alcohol one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death in the UK, after smoking and obesity.

In 2012, there were 6,490 alcohol-related deaths. This is a 19 per cent increase from 2001 (5,476) but a 4 per cent decrease from 2011 (6,771). 65% of all alcohol related deaths in the UK in 2012 were male.

Drinking habits have also changed over the years; between 2005 and 2012 the amount of men who drank on a frequent basis, drinking alcohol at least five days a week, fell from 22% to 14% and a fall from 13% to 9% in the proportion of women.

Young people aged 16-24yrs were more likely to drink heavily, more than 12 units for men and 9 units for women, at least once during the week.

The over 65’s were more likely to be frequent drinkers but only 3% of those classed as heavy drinkers were over 65 yrs.

An estimated 7.5 million people are unaware of the damage their drinking could be causing them.

Alcohol Statistics:

• Alcohol now costs the NHS £3.5bn per year equating to £120 for every tax payer In England and Wales

• 63% of all alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2012 were caused by alcoholic liver disease

• Alcohol is 61% more affordable than it was in 1980

• The NHS estimates that around 9% of men in the UK and 4% of UK women show signs of alcohol dependence

• Only 6.4% of dependent drinkers access treatment in the UK

• In 2012, 178,247 prescriptions for drugs to treat alcohol dependency were prescribed

Source: AlcoholConcern.org.uk