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Alcohol in the UK: 10 facts

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Girls fighting
Alcohol consumption has risen even faster among girls than boys

  • Young women are now drinking on average 12.6 units of alcohol per week. This is an increase of 66% since 1992. Young men are drinking 25.9 units per week, a 25% increase over the same period.
    Source: Office for National statistics report 2000

  • The number of 11 to 15-year-olds drinking has not increased, but the amount of alcohol they consume has doubled between 1990 and 2000.
    Source: Office for National Statistics report 2000

  • Around 40% of violent offences are committed when offenders are under the influence of alcohol.
    Source: British Crime Survey 2000

  • An estimated one in six Accident and Emergency admissions are for alcohol related injuries or problems. This figure has been estimated to rise to 80% at peak times on Friday and Saturday nights.
    Source: Government white paper

  • Industry estimates that absenteeism from work as a result of alcohol costs the British economy 3.6bn a year.

  • The average UK drinker consumed the equivalent of 8.6 litres of pure alcohol in 2001 - that's an increase of 151% since 1951.
    Source: Cabinet office interim report 2003

  • Almost one in three adult men and nearly one in five adult women exceed the recommended drinking guidelines of 21 and 14 units per week respectively.
    Source: Cabinet office interim report 2003

  • Only 7% of men and 22% of women know what the current recommended allowances are.
    Source: Mori poll in November 2003

  • Only 50% of alcohol consuming adults know that one unit is equivalent to half a pint of beer, with just over 60% knowing that a small glass of wine or single measure of spirits is also one unit.
    Source: Office for National Statistics report 2002

  • Young people are the heaviest drinkers in England, with 36% of males and 25% of females drinking more than the recommended weekly allowance.
    Source: Office for National Statistics report 2000




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