WSTA Comment on ONS Alcohol Statistics

prpicwstaWSTA Comment on ONS Alcohol Statistics

The WSTA has today welcomed the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) showing that the majority of people are drinking within weekly guideline amounts and increased awareness of alcohol units.

The figures also show that alcohol consumption in the UK has continued to decline, down a further 4.5% on last year.

WSTA Chief Executive Miles Beale said:

“Today’s ONS figures show that significant progress is being made with the majority of people drinking within weekly guideline amounts and overall levels of alcohol consumption continuing to decline.

“Whilst we are concerned by the increase in alcohol related deaths these figures show that the Government must target its effort on the minority who drink to excess instead of penalising the responsible drinking majority.”




Notes to Editors:

The ONS Statistics on Alcohol England can be found here:



In summary:

- 64% of men drank no more than 21 units weekly, and 63% of women drank no more than 14 units weekly;

- 61% of men and 72% of women had either drunk no alcohol in the last week, or had drunk within the recommended levels on the day they drank the most alcohol;

- 12% of school pupils had drunk alcohol in the last week. This continues a decline from 26% in 2001, and is at a similar level to 2010, when 13% of pupils reported drinking in the last week

- Wholly and partially attributable admission rose by 4% from 2010/11 – 2011/12 to 1.22m;

- 90% of respondents had heard of units (up from 79% in 1997) and 63% knew what a unit of each type of drink was (up from 47% in 1997);

- 75% had heard of the daily drinking limits, up from 54% in 1997;

- The number of male deaths increased from 4,439 in 2010 to 4,518 in 2011 and the number of female deaths increased from 2,230 in 2010 to 2,405 in 2011


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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