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Publication, Part of

Statistics on Alcohol, England 2021

Official statistics, National statistics

National Statistics

Statistics on Public Health

Please note that this publication has now been integrated into the new Statistics on Public Health publication that brings together:

  • Statistics on Alcohol,
  • Statistics on Drug Misuse,
  • Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet,
  • Statistics on Smoking.

In its first iteration it presents the information previously published in these publications in the new format agreed as part of the consultation in early 2022.  The consultation outcomes document can be found below under Resources.

We value your opinions on this new look publication and would welcome your feedback.

We plan to publish updated hospital admissions, mortality and prescribing data for 2020/21 through to 2022/23 later in 2023 with the publication then being produced routinely in the autumn each year.

20 July 2023 09:30 AM

Part 4: Other data sources

Alcohol-specific deaths

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) provides data by sex, age, region and deprivation for alcohol-specific deaths caused by diseases known to be a direct consequence of alcohol misuse. The definition is primarily based on chronic (longer-term) conditions associated with continued misuse of alcohol and, to a lesser extent, acute (immediate) conditions. 

Alcohol-specific deaths in the UK Statistical bulletins

The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) provides local authority level estimates for both alcohol-specific and alcohol-related deaths.  Alcohol-related deaths also include diseases where only a proportion of the deaths were caused by alcohol (such as cancers of the mouth, oesophagus and liver) and so are higher than the ONS figures for alcoholic specific deaths.

Local Alcohol Profiles for England

Drinking behaviours among adults

There is a range of information available on drinking behaviours among adults including drinking prevalence, consumption and trends among different groups of society and geographical areas.

The Health Survey for England (HSE) provides data on adult health-related behaviours including drinking behaviours among adults.

Health Survey for England

The National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) provides information on the number of people being treated for alcohol problems.

Alcohol and drug misuse and treatment statistics

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides international comparisons on alcohol consumption.

Health at a Glance

Drinking behaviours among children

The Smoking, Drinking and Drug use among Young People in England (SDD) biennial survey of secondary school pupils in England in years 7 to 11 (mostly aged 11 to 15) provides data on the drinking behaviours among children including: drinking prevalence: consumption: age of first alcoholic drink: prevalence and frequency of drunkenness; and consequences of drinking.

Smoking, Drinking and Drug use among Young People in England

Road casualties involving illegal alcohol levels

The Department for Transport provides estimates of casualties arising from reported accidents involving at least one motor vehicle driver, or rider, over the legal alcohol limit for driving in Great Britain.

Road accidents and safety statistics

Last edited: 14 July 2023 11:00 am