New statistics to reflect changing drinking habits

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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is to update its methods for estimating alcohol consumption in drinking surveys, to reflect the nation's...

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is to update its methods for estimating alcohol consumption in drinking surveys, to reflect the nation's modern drinking habits.

The changes set out in a report published by ONS today, will reflect increases in the alcoholic strength of some drinks and the measures in which they are served. Most relate to wine consumption, but estimates for beers, lagers and ciders will also be brought up-to-date.

Recent years have seen an increase in the availability of stronger wines, and wine glasses larger than the 'traditional' 125ml are increasingly popular in pubs. To reflect this, new ONS surveys will include a question relating to wine glass size, and the presumed alcoholic content of an 'average' glass of wine will be increased.

David Poley, chief executive of the Portman Group, has praised the changes, noting that drinkers need to be made more aware of their alcohol intake. "Over the last five years ONS figures show the number of adults drinking excessively has fallen and fewer 16-24 year-olds are now binge-drinking.

"All major producers already unit label their drinks and the Government's new publicity campaign will help to build further consumer awareness."

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