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Binge Drinking Statistics

Below we’ve included some handy graphs summing up the Office of National Statistics ‘General Lifestyle Survey’ (2011) which deals extensively with the issue of binge drinking in the UK. The below graphs highlight some interesting facts regarding binge drinking habits across different sexes, age groups and socio-economic classes within Great Britain.

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The above statistics from the Office of National Statistics reveals roughly 10% of men between the ages of 16 and 64 engaged in binge drinking over the last seven days. The figure only decreased for the over 65 year olds with only 4% of their numbers engaging in binge drinking in the last seven days.

 

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The above graph illustrates women were less likely to engage in binge drinking than men during 2011. But like men, women were less likely to binge drinking if over the age of 65.

 

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The above graph reveals women aged between 16 and 24 years old engage in binge drinking more so than any other female age groups. The number of 16-44-year-old women engaging in binge drinking fell between 2005 and 2011. Figures for the 45 to 65+-year-old group remained fairly static over the same period of time.

 

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The above graph reveals men aged between 16 and 44 years old engage in binge drinking more so than any other male age group. The number of 16-44-year-old men engaging in binge drinking fell slightly between 2005 and 2011. Figures for the 45 to 65+-year-old age group remained fairly static over the same period of time.

 

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The above graph reveals you’re more likely to engage in binge drinking as you’re household income rises. The highest earners are twice as likely to consume 6 or more units of alcohol a week than the lowest earners.

  • Lowest earners = below £288 per week
  • Second tier earners = £288 per week to £400 per week
  • Third tier earners = between £400 to £530 per week
  • Fourth tier earners = between £530 to £735 per week
  • Highest earners = above £735 per week

 

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The above graphs reveals that during 2011 unemployed women were more likely to engage in binge drinking than their employed counterparts. Surprisingly the reverse was true for men who were more likely to engage in binge drinking if they were employed than if they were unemployed.

 

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The above graph reveals men in the South East of England are most likely to engage in binge drinking. Males living in the East Midlands were least likely to engage in binge drinking than anywhere else in the country.

 

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The above graph reveals women in the South East of England were most likely to engage in binge drinking than elsewhere in England. Females living in London were least likely to engage in binge drinking.

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