New figures show more people drinking responsibly

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has welcomed the latest survey of UK drinking trends by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which shows an increasing number of people drinking responsibly.

The latest survey of UK drinking trends by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the responsible drinking message is being heard by more and more people.

The ONS data shows that in 2012 the number of frequent drinkers was down and that the number of people exceeding their recommended unit guidelines is also falling.     

The data shows that:

* Between 2005 and 2012 there was a fall from 22% to 14% in the proportion of men who were frequent drinkers, and from 13% to 9% in the proportion of women.

* Between 2005 and 2012 the proportion of men who drank alcohol in the week before being interviewed fell from 72% to 64%, and the proportion of women fell from 57% to 52%

* In 2012 58% of adults in Great Britain drank alcohol in the week before being interviewed. There was a two percentage point fall for both men and women compared with 2011.

* The proportion of men aged 25-44 who drank in the last week fell from 67% to 63% between 2011 and 2012. In comparison there was a fall from 56% to 50% in this proportion amongst women of the same age.

* There was a fall from 16% to 14% between 2011 and 2012 in the proportion of men who were frequent drinkers.

Commenting on the ONS figures WSTA Chief Executive, Miles Beale said:

“While there is still work to be done, these figures show that responsible drinking messages are being heard and that more and more people are drinking sensibly, within the guidelines.

Despite claims to the contrary, alcohol consumption in the UK has been falling since 2004, well before the start of the economic recession. These figures point to a much wider change in attitudes towards alcohol and responsible consumption and are to be welcomed.”


Notes to Editors:

The full report is available here:

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.

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