Packed with a plethora of information about residents of the mainland UK’s drinking habits. In this report, drinking habits were divided into many categories, and an interesting conclusion from the ONS research is that a person’s main place of residence where you live can directly affect their drinking habits. England tops the charts with the largest percentage of regular drinkers. This completely goes against the well-known stereotype that the Scots drink much more than their English neighbours.
Drinking occasionally might not be harmful, but unfortunately it can lead to longer term drinking problems which can mean that treatment becomes necessary, for this reason people seek help from alcohol rehab.
Across the three mainland countries of the UK, Wales, England and Scotland, England has the highest proportion of at least weekly adult drinkers – 57.8%, Scotland on the other hand trails behind with 53.5% of the population. Wales falls at 50%. These results were based on asking the survey taker if they had an alcoholic drink within the past seven days.
Looking at England specifically, weekly drinking is the most popular in places like Yorkshire and the Humber, the South East and South West Territories. In these areas over 61% of people admit to drinking at least once in the past 7 days during the survey.
The English areas with the lowest percentage of weekly drinkers are the North East, West Midlands and London, with around 55% of the population.
The statistics take a big reversal when it comes to binge drinking
Scotland tends to lead the binge drinking when it comes to statistics with over 37% of the population consuming an excessive amount of alcohol on their heaviest drinking day. Englandon the other hand had the lowest rate, approximately 26%. Wales is the middle one – binge drinking is common in about 30% of people.
Of all English regions, the North West, Yorkshire and Humber along with London have the highest number of binge drinkers. The North West Leading at 33% of the population. Regions with lowest numbers of binge drinkers are the South East. East of England and West Midlands. The South East has the least number of binge drinkers with just 18.6 of local residents.
Regular Drinkers vs Binge Drinkers
Considering both regular and binge drinking members reveal a lot of different information about the areas that they come from. Yorkshire and the Humber is found to be in the top tier in both categories of regular drinkers and binge drinkers.
Meanwhile, the west midlands ranks in the top 3 for the least number of both regular and binge drinkers.
It’s important that anyone who thinks that alcohol is affecting their life gets help, and if necessary go to private rehab.
Radical Differences and Regional Drinking Trends
ONS report speculates that drinking habits can be influenced by cultural and racial variations, within different regions of England.
Rising Deaths due to alcohol
The rising English Drinking Problem can be measured by the number of deaths due to alcohol. According to the previously mentioned NHS report, the number has increased by 4% from 2015 and by 11% from 2006.
People aged 50 to 59 years old make up the majority of (57%) of alcohol related deaths, and it’s obvious that nearly two thirds of this number are male.
Alcoholic liver disease is the main cause of death – this number may be much higher however as there is an additional category with deaths due to unidentified liver damage – this may or may not have relation to alcohol mental or behavioural issues due to alcohol are the second most common reason for alcohol related deaths.
North West and North East have the highest death rate – London, the Southeast and East of England have the lowest.
Drinking on the DOWN
Now for some real good news, of all people surveyed throughout the UK, 57% say that they drink alcohol, throughout the years this hasn’t changed much, but overall has shown a slight decrease overall since 2005 when 64% of people surveyed said that they drink.
The number of people who drink 5 days a week or more is currently at 9.6% and has been on the decline since 2005.
Looks like people are starting to finally wise up when it comes to drinking regularly and the associated risks.