Proportion of adults drinking at increased or higher risk of harm, by Index of Multiple Deprivation and sex
The proportion of adults who were non-drinkers was highest in most deprived areas (29%) compared with 10% in the least deprived areas.
Adults in least deprived areas were more likely to drink over 14 units in a usual week (27%) than those in most deprived areas (18%). 36% of men in the least deprived areas drank at increasing and higher risk levels, compared with 27% of men in the most deprived areas. 17% of women in the least deprived areas drank more than 14 units compared with 10% of women in the most deprived areas.
The variation in weekly alcohol consumption by deprivation was accounted for by differences in the proportions of men and women drinking at increasing levels of risk (that is, over 14 units and up to 50 units for men and over 14 units and up to 35 units for women) rather than the smaller proportions in the higher risk category (over 50 units for men and over 35 units for women). The proportion of men and women drinking at higher levels of risk was similar by IMD quintile.