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National Statistics
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Statistics on Alcohol, England 2019 [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:

  • 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).
  • New analyses of data on affordability of alcohol using already published ONS data.

The latest information from already published sources includes:

  • Alcohol-specific deaths published by ONS.
  • Information on the volume and cost of alcohol related prescriptions from NHS Digital.
  • Adult drinking behaviours from the Health Survey for England (HSE).
  • Child drinking behaviours from the Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Survey (SDD).
  • Road casualties involving illegal alcohol levels published by Department for Transport.
  • Expenditure on alcohol from the Family Food report from the Living Costs and Food Survey (LCFS).

Key Facts

21% adults (16+) drank more than 14 units of alcohol per week
28% of men, 14% of women
337,870 hospital admissions in 2017/18
Admissions primarily due to alcohol consumption (narrow measure).
Similar to 2016/17
And 15% higher than 2007/08.
5,843 alcohol-specific deaths in 2017
6% higher than 2016 and an increase of 16% on 2007.


Last edited: 1 February 2019 2:53 pm