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WSTA welcomes new ONS survey showing drops in binge-drinking


prpic12The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has today welcomed the latest ONS General Lifestyle survey which shows that continued progress is being made in reducing binge drinking in the UK, with the most notable decreases in the 16 to 24 age group. 

The report published today shows that significant improvements have been made including:

- The proportion of men exceeding four units on their heaviest drinking day is down from 41% in 2005 to 34% in 2011.

- The proportion of women exceeding three units was down from 34% in 2005 to 28% in 2011.

- The proportion of men drinking more than 8 units on their heaviest drinking day fell from 23% in 2005 to 18% in 2011.

- The proportion of women drinking more than 6 units in their heaviest drinking day fell from 15% in 2005 to 12% in 2011.

The most pronounced changes have occurred in the 16 to 24 age group:

- Among men the proportion drinking more than 4 units on their heaviest drinking day fell from 46% in 2005 to 32% in 2011

- The proportion drinking more than 8 units decreased from 32% to 22%, over the same period.

- Among women the proportion drinking more than 3 units on their heaviest drinking day fell from 41% in 2005 to 31% in 2011

- The proportion drinking more than 6 units fell from 27% to 18%, over the same period

In response to the latest data from the ONS, and the sustained downward trend in overall levels of alcohol consumption - down 16% since 2004, the WSTA is calling on the Government to drop its plans to introduce a 45p minimum unit price for alcohol.

WSTA Chief Executive, Miles Beale said:

“This latest report from the ONS shows that significant progress is being made in tackling binge and harmful drinking in the UK. It follows reports earlier this week that overall alcohol consumption in the UK is on a sustained downward trend – down 16% since 2004.

“Given the significant progress that is being made, it is now time for the Government to drop its plans to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol.  Minimum unit pricing is unfair, likely to be illegal and will penalise the responsible majority, whilst doing nothing to tackle the root causes of alcohol misuse.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

The WSTA is the UK organisation for the wine and spirit industry representing over 340 companies producing, importing, transporting and selling wines and spirits.

We campaign to promote the industry’s interests with governments at home and abroad.

We work with our members to promote the responsible production, marketing and sale of alcohol.

For more information please contact Aileen Keyes:

Tel:         +44 (0) 20 7089 3881

Mob:      +44 (0) 7504 498 656

Email:     [email protected]


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