Over a third of adults exceed daily alcohol guidelines

Latest report on smoking and drinking in the UK released

Over a third of adults exceed the daily limits for regular drinking on at least one day during the week, despite growing awareness of safe drinking levels, according to a report released by the Office for National Statistics today.

Current advice on drinking is that men should not regularly drink more than three to four units of alcohol and women should not regularly drink more than two to three units.

The General Household Survey (GHS) 2007 report shows that 37% of adults exceeded the safe recommendations, and 20% of adults consumed more than double the recommended amount of alcohol on their heaviest drinking day of the week.

Men were found to be worse than women as 41% exceeded the recommended limits on at least one day of the week compared to 34% of women. More men (24%) were also classified as heavy drinkers, i.e. consuming more than double the guideline amounts on at least one day a weak compared to women (15%).

The report also shows that more people in ‘managerial andprofessional’ households exceeded the daily limits on their heaviest drinking day of the week (43%) than those in ‘routine and manual’ households (31%).

However, the results for smoking show the opposite. Smoking was found to be highest in households classified as ‘routine and manual’, where 27% of adults smoked. Smoking was lowest among those in ‘managerial and professional’ households at 15%.

This article was published on Thu 22 January 2009



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