Over-45s drink more often

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Related tags: Alcoholic beverage, Alcoholism

Adults tend to drink more often as they get older – those aged 45 and over are three times as likely as those under 45 to drink almost every day.

That’s according to a new report released by the Office for National Statistics, which also found that more than a fifth of men aged 65 or over consumed alcohol almost every day compared with just 3% of men aged between 16 and 24.

The General Lifestyle Survey Overview Report, 2010, found that 12% of women aged 65 and over consumed alcohol almost every day compared with just 1% of women aged between 16 and 24.

The survey also indicated that overall 87% of adults averaged at least three alcohol-free days a week, which falls in line with the Government’s recommendations to have two alcohol-free days per week.

More than half of adults in Great Britain (54%) had an alcoholic drink every week, and around a quarter (26%) drank alcohol more than twice a week.

Younger adults were more likely to have drunk heavily (more than six units in a single day) in the previous week of the survey being conducted than older adults. Twenty-four per cent of men aged 16 to 24 drank more than eight units of alcohol in a single day, compared with 20% of men aged 45 to 64, and only 7% of men aged 65 and over.

Currently, the Government recommendations for daily alcohol intake are that it should not regularly exceed three to four units for men, and two to three units for women.

A total of 13,333 respondents were surveyed.

Related topics: Legislation

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