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Health Survey for England, 2021 part 1

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Health Survey for England, 2021 part 1


The Health Survey for England is used to estimate the proportion of people in England who have health conditions, and the prevalence of risk factors and behaviours associated with certain health conditions. The surveys provide regular information that cannot be obtained from other sources.

We are publishing HSE 2021 in 2 parts, part 1 features:

  • Smoking, E-cigarettes and Alcohol 
  • Overweight and obesity.

Key findings

In 2021, 26% of adults in England were obese.

Obesity prevalence was lowest among adults living in the least deprived areas (20%) and highest in the most deprived areas (34%).

79% of participants reported that they had drunk alcohol in the last 12 months, and 49% reported that they drank alcohol at least once a week.

A higher proportion of men than women drank alcohol.

A higher proportion of men (28%) than women (15%) drank at increasing or higher risk levels (over 14 units in the last week for both men and women).

Part 2 of this report is planned to be published in Spring 2023 and will feature:

  • Adult health
  • Physical activity
  • Social care
  • Wellbeing and loneliness
  • Gambling

Last edited: 15 December 2022 5:13 pm