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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Statistics on Alcohol, England, 2017

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Clinical Commissioning Groups, Ambulance Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Regions
Date Range:
01 Jan 2015 to 31 Dec 2016


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.  It includes data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Public Health England (PHE) which is being published on the same day as this report.  More information can be found in the source publications which contain a wider range of data and analysis.


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).

· Adult Drinking Habits published by ONS which is based on the Opinions and Lifestyles Survey (OPN).

· New analyses of data on deaths and affordability of alcohol, both from ONS.

· Information on the volume and cost of prescriptions from NHS Digital.

The latest information from already published sources includes:

· Health Survey for England (HSE).

· Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use (SDD).

· What About Youth (WAY).

· Family Food report from the Living Costs and Food Survey (LCFS).


Hospital admissions - narrow measure

  • There were 339 thousand estimated admissions related to alcohol consumption in 2015/16. This is 3 per cent higher than 2014/15 and 22 per cent higher than 2005/06.

  • Blackpool had the highest rate at 1,160 per 100,000 population. Kingston upon Thames the lowest rate at 390.

Hospital admissions - broad measure

  • There were 1.1 million estimated admissions related to alcohol consumption in 2015/16. This is 4 per cent more than 2014/15.

  • Just under two-thirds of patients were male.

  • Blackpool had the highest rate at 3,540 per 100,000 population. Isle of Wight had the lowest rate at 1,400.

Drinking Prevalence

  • 57 per cent of adults reported drinking alcohol in the previous week in 2016 which is a fall from 64 per cent in 2006. This equates to 25.3 million adults in England.

  • Those who drank more than 8/6 units on their heaviest day in the last week fell from 19 per cent to 15 per cent.


  • In 2015, there were 6,813 deaths which were related to the consumption of alcohol. This is 1.4 per cent of all deaths.


  • The number of prescription items dispensed in 2016 was 188 thousand which was 4 per cent lower than 2015 but 63 per cent higher than 2006.

  • The total Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) was £4.87 million. This is 24 per cent higher than in 2015 and more than double the level ten years ago.


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Last edited: 11 May 2018 12:20 pm