The Health Survey for England 2015, designed to monitor trends in the nation’s health, was published on 14 December 2016. In terms of adult alcohol consumption, it reports that:
- In 2015, a minority of adults (13% of men and 20% of women) had not drunk alcohol in the last 12 months.
- Over half (52%) of adults had drunk alcohol once a week or more often, with men more likely than women to do so (60% and 44% respectively).
- 15% of men and 9% of women drank alcohol on five or more days in the last week.
- On average in 2015, men drank a mean of 14.9 units in a usual week, and women drank a mean of 8.9 units.
- The majority, 55% of men and 64% of women, drank at levels considered to be at lower risk of alcohol-related harm (up to 14 units).
- 31% of men and 16% of women drank over 14 units in a usual week, placing them at an increased risk of alcohol-related harm.
- Drinking over 14 units in a usual week was most common among men and women aged 55 to 64 (41% and 24% respectively).
- Men and women in higher income households were more likely to drink over 14 units in a usual week (37% and 22% respectively) than were men and women in lower income households (29% and 9% respectively).
That part of the survey report dealing (in more detail) with adult alcohol consumption can be downloaded below. Details of the full survey (including details of childrens’ drinking) can be found here.