This statistical bulletin presents a range of information on alcohol use and misuse which are drawn together from a variety of sources. The bulletin aims to present a broad picture, in a user friendly format, of health issues relating to alcohol in England and covers topics such as drinking habits and behaviours among adults and school children, drinking in pregnancy, European comparisons of alcohol use, drinking-related ill health and mortality and alcohol-related costs. Most of the data contained in the bulletin have been published previously elsewhere. Government plans and recommendations in this area are also summarised in the bulletin.
For the first time the bulletin includes information on types of alcohol consumed by adults, whether adults keep a check on the units they consume, alcohol-related hospital admissions for adults and children presented separately and trends in reported household consumption. For children, the bulletin now includes data on drinking and substance use, and truancy and exclusion, as well as ethnicity and European comparisons.