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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Statistics on Alcohol, England, 2018 [PAS]

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
United Kingdom
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Trusts, Government Office Regions, Local Authorities, Regions, Clinical Commissioning Groups, County, Primary Care Organisations


This statistical report presents a range of information on alcohol use and misuse by adults and children drawn together from a variety of sources for England unless otherwise stated. More information can be found in the source publications which contain a wider range of data and analyses.

Newly published data includes:

  • Adult Drinking Habits which is being published by ONS on the same day as this report.
  • New analyses of data on affordability of alcohol using already published ONS data.
  • Information on the volume and cost of prescriptions from NHS Digital.

The latest information from already published sources includes:

  • Alcohol-related hospital admissions published by PHE in their Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) which uses data from NHS Digital’s Hospital Episode Statistics (HES).
  • Alcohol-specific deaths published by ONS.
  • Health Survey for England (HSE).
  • Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use (SDD).
  • Road casualties involving illegal alcohol levels published by Department for Transport.
  • Family Food report from the Living Costs and Food Survey (LCFS).

Key Facts

Report also includes information on:

  • Alcohol-specific deaths
  • Alcohol-related prescriptions
  • Drinking behaviours (adults and children)
  • Alcohol expenditure and affordability
  • Road accidents involving illegal alcohol levels.
58% adults (16+) drank alcohol in the previous week in 2017
Similar to 2016 but lower than 2007.
337,000 hospital admissions in 2016/17
Admissions primarily due to alcohol consumption (narrow measure).
1% lower than  2015/16
But 17% higher than 2006/07.
5,507 alcohol-specific deaths in 2016
4% higher than 2015 and an increase of 11% on 2006.


Last edited: 11 February 2019 5:13 pm