Lifestyle publications cover a range of topics including smoking, alcohol, drug use, obesity and contraception. Some of these publications are sourced from surveys commissioned by us, while suites of compendia publications present a range of data on the topic from a variety of sources.
Statistics on women's smoking status at time of delivery
Quarterly report presenting the latest results and trends from the women's smoking status at time of delivery (SATOD) data collection in England. Providing a measure of the prevalence of smoking among pregnant women at Commissioning Region, Area Team and Clinical Commissioning Group level
- 10.8% of pregnant women were known to be smokers at the time of delivery - this compares to 11% for the previous quarter (quarter 2, 2017/18)
- the CCGs with the lowest proportion of women known to be smokers at time of delivery were NHS Wokingham (1.6%), NHS Camden (2.4%) and NHS Hammersmith and Fulham (2.4%)
- the CCGs with the highest proportions were NHS Blackpool (27.8%), NHS South Kent Coast (23.1%) and NHS South Tyneside (21.7%)
- 34 out of 207 CCGs met the new national ambition of 6% or less.
Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at time of delivery, England - Quarter 2, 2017-18
Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at time of delivery, England - Quarter 1, 2017-18.
Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at time of delivery, England - Quarter 4, 2016-17.
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Reports in the series prior to 2011-12 quarter 3 are available from the Department of Health website.
Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services
Quarterly report presenting provisional results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services (NHS SSS) in England. Including information on the number of people setting a quit date and the number who successfully quit at the 4 week follow-up. Also an in depth analyses of the key measures of the service including pregnant women, breakdowns by ethnic group, socio-economic classification as well as by intervention type and setting and type of pharmacotherapy received and lower level analyses at Local Authority (LA) and Region levels.
- 134,101 people set a quit date and at the 4 week follow-up 65,876 people (49%) had successfully quit (self-reported)
- 72% of these successful quitters had their results confirmed by carbon monoxide verification
- quitting success increased with age, from 41% of those aged under 18, to 55% of those aged 60 and over
- Yorkshire and the Humber had the highest proportion of successful quitters (58%), whilst the South West had the lowest proportion (42%)
Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England - April 2017 to June 2017
Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England - April 2016 to December 2016.
Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England - April 2016 to September 2016.
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Statistics on smoking
Annual report presenting a broad picture of health issues relating to smoking in England, covering topics such as smoking prevalence, habits, behaviours and attitudes among adults and school children, smoking-related ill health and mortality and smoking-related costs.
Statistics on Smoking, England - 2017.
- in 2016 15.5% of adults aged 18+ currently smoke, down from 19.9% in 2010
- there were estimated to be around 474,000 hospital admissions attributable to smoking in 2015/16, which was an increase from 458,000 in 2005/06
- there were estimated to be around 79,000 deaths attributable to smoking in 2015 - this represents 16% of all deaths
- there were an estimated 2.4 million current e-cigarette users in 2016, representing around 5% of adults
- in 2016, tobacco was 27% less affordable than it was in 2006
Statistics on alcohol
Statistical report acting as a reference point for health issues relating to alcohol use and misuse. Topics covered are drinking habits and behaviours among adults (aged 16 and over) and school children (aged 11 to 15), drinking-related ill health and mortality, affordability of alcohol, alcohol related admissions to hospital and alcohol-related costs.
Statistics on Alcohol, England - 2017.
- 57% of adults reported drinking alcohol in the previous week in 2016, which is a fall from 64% 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% to 15%
- in 2015, there were 6,813 deaths which were related to the consumption of alcohol - this is 1.4% of all deaths
- the number of prescription items dispensed in 2016 was 188,000 which was 4% lower than 2015 but 63% higher than 2006
- the total Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) was £4.87 million - this is 24% higher than in 2015 and more than double the level ten years ago
Statistics on drug misuse
Annual statistical report presenting information on drug misuse among adults and children. Including topics on Prevalence of drug misuse, including the types of drugs used; Trends in drug misuse over recent years; Patterns of drug misuse among different groups of the population; Health outcomes related to drug misuse including hospital admissions, drug treatment and number of deaths.
Statistics on Drug Misuse, England - 2018.
- there were 14,053 hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of poisoning by illicit drugs - this is 7% lower than 2015/16 but 40% more than 2006/07
- in 2016, there were 2,593 registered deaths in England and Wales related to drug misuse - this is an increase of 5% on 2015 and 58% higher than 2006
- deaths related to drug misuse are at their highest level since comparable records began in 1993
- in 2016/17, around 1 in 12 (8.5%) adults aged 16 to 59 in England and Wales had taken an illicit drug in the last year
- in 2016, 24% of pupils reported they had ever taken drugs - this compares to 15% in 2014
- the likelihood of having ever taken drugs increased with age, from 11% of 11 year olds to 37% of 15 year olds
Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet
Annual statistical report presenting a range of information on obesity, physical activity and diet, drawn together from a variety of sources. Topics covered include, Overweight and obesity prevalence among adults and children; Physical activity levels among adults and children; Trends in purchases and consumption of food and drink and energy intake and Health outcomes of being overweight or obese.
Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet, England - 2017.
- in 2015, 58% of women and 68% of men were overweight or obese
- obesity prevalence increased from 15% in 1993 to 27% in 2015
- in 2015/16 there were 525,000 admissions in NHS hospitals where obesity was a factor
- in 2015/16, there were 6,438 Finished Consultant Episodes (FCE's) in NHS hospitals with a primary diagnosis of obesity and a main or secondary procedure of bariatric surgery
- 26% of adults ate the recommended 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day in 2015. Women (27%) were more likely to do so than men (24%)
- in 2015/16, 26% of adults were classified as inactive (fewer than 30 minutes physical activity a week)
National Child Measurement Programme
Annual report summarising key findings from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) for England. This provides high-level analysis of the prevalence of 'underweight', 'healthy weight', 'overweight', 'obese' and 'overweight and obese combined' children, in Reception (typically aged 4-5 years) and Year 6 (typically aged 10-11 years), measured in state schools in England.
National Child Measurement Programme - England, 2016-17.
- almost a quarter of reception children were overweight including obese - in year 6 it was over a third
- the prevalence of obesity has increased since 2015/16 for reception, but remained similar in year 6
- obesity prevalence was higher for boys than girls in both age groups
- obesity prevalence for children living in the most deprived areas was more than double that of those living in the least deprived areas for both reception and year 6
- obesity prevalence varied by local authority. For reception this ranged from 4.8% in Kingston-upon-Thames to 13.5% in Wolverhampton
- in year 6 the range was from 11.3% in Rutland, to 29.2% in Barking and Dagenham
Sexual and Reproductive Health Services
Sexual and Reproductive Health services include family planning services, community contraception clinics, integrated GUM and SRH services and young people's services e.g. Brook advisory centres. They provide a range of services including, but not exclusively, contraception provision and advice, sexual health treatment and advice, pregnancy related care, abortion related care, cervical screening, psychosexual therapy, PMS treatment, colposcopy services, fertility treatment and care and gynaecological treatment and care.
A contact within this report may be a clinic attendance or a contact with the service at a non-clinic venue. Non face to face contacts (e.g. by telephone) are not currently included, but it does include activity at non-clinic venues (such as home visits / outreach).
The data includes non-English residents using services based in England.
This report excludes services provided in out-patient clinics, at community pharmacies and those provided by General Practitioners, unless otherwise stated.
- there were 1.89 million contacts with dedicated SRH services made by 1.19 million individuals - this represented a decrease of 7% on the number of contacts in 2015/16 (2.03 million), and 24% less than in 2006/07 (2.48 million)
- 7% of the resident female population between the ages of 13 and 54 had at least one contact with an SRH service - for males in the same age group, 1% of the resident population had at least one contact
- females aged 18 to 19 were most likely to use an SRH service, with 18% having at least one contact
- the number of emergency contraception items provided to females by both SRH services and at other locations in the community has fallen by 42% over the last ten years, from 457,000 in 2006/07 to 264,000 in 2016/17
Health Survey for England
Annual survey commissioned by NHS Digital, which has been carried out by the Joint Health Surveys Unit of NatCen Social Research and the Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London since 1994.
The Health Surveys for England series is designed to monitor health trends in England, and to estimate the proportion of people who have specified health conditions, and estimate the prevalence of certain risk factors and combinations of risk factors associated with these conditions.
The surveys are also used to monitor progress towards selected health targets. Each survey includes core questions and measurements (such as blood pressure, anthropometric measurements and analysis of blood and saliva samples), as well as modules of questions on specific issues that vary from year to year.
The link below to the 2016 survey now includes the Trends information rather than in previous years when this was available via a different link.
Health Survey for England, 2016
- 26% of men and 27% of women were obese -the proportion of adults who were obese has been similar since 2010
- being overweight was more common than being obese and 40% of men and 30% of women were overweight, but not obese
- 66% of men and 58% of women aged 19 and over met the aerobic activity guidelines of at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week or an equivalent combination of both, in bouts of 10 minutes or more
- 28% of adults had high blood pressure (hypertension) - 12% of adults had untreated hypertension
- 31% of men and 16% of women usually drank at increased or higher risk of harm in 2016 (more than 14 units of alcohol in a usual week)
- since 1993 there has been a steady decline in the proportion of men and women who were current smokers, from 28% to 20% in 2016 among men, and from 26% to 16% among women
Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people
This is the most recent survey in a series that began in 1982. Each survey since 1998 has included a core set of questions on smoking, drinking and drug use. In 2000, the survey questions changed to focus on smoking and drinking or on drug use in alternate years and in 2016, the survey reverted back to including both drinking/smoking and drugs focused questions in one survey.
The survey report presents information on the percentage of pupils who have ever smoked, tried alcohol or taken drugs. The report also explores the attitudes of school children towards smoking and drinking. Relationships between smoking, drinking and drug use are explored along with the links between smoking, drinking and drug use and other factors such as age, gender, ethnicity and previous truancy or exclusion.
Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England - 2016.
- 19% of 11-15 year old pupils had ever smoked, which is similar to 2014
- 44% of pupils had ever drunk alcohol which is not comparable with earlier surveys
- 24% of pupils reported they had ever taken drugs. This compares to 15% in 2014. Part of the increase since 2014 may be explained by the addition of questions on nitrous oxide and new psychoactive substances. After allowing for this however, it still represents a large increase which has not been observed in other data sources. Therefore an estimate from the next survey in 2018 is required before we can be confident that these survey results reflect a genuine trend in the wider population. In the meantime the results for drug taking from this survey should be treated with caution.
- 3% of pupils were weekly (regular) smokers, 10% had drunk alcohol in the last week and 10% had taken drugs in the last month.
National Study of Health and Wellbeing (or Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey): Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing in England
The National Study of Health and Wellbeing (also known as the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS)) runs every seven years and provides data on the prevalence of both treated and untreated psychiatric disorders in the English adult population (aged 16 and over). Since 1993, it has been finding out how the everyday stresses, strains and joys affect the health of people living in England.
The previous surveys were conducted in 1993 (16-64 year olds) and 2000 (16-74 year olds) by the Office for National Statistics, which covered England, Scotland and Wales. From 2007, the Survey included people aged over 16 and covered England only.
Data from this survey helps doctors and other health professionals get a clearer picture of the nation's health and wellbeing. This means they'll have the information to make the right choices for the future. This survey report will provide detailed information and analyses on the prevalence of both treated and untreated psychiatric disorders in the adult population.
Organisations using the survey data include central government departments and local government, as well as researchers and third-sector organisations. Data are used in policy development, in planning services and in monitoring trends and changes in the nation's health and wellbeing.
What about YOUth
Health and Wellbeing of 15 year olds in England: Findings from the What About YOUth? Survey 2014.
What About YOUth? 2014 (WAY 2014) is a newly-established survey designed to collect robust local authority (LA) level data on a range of health behaviours amongst 15 year-olds.
NHS Digital was commissioned by the Department of Health to run the survey in direct response to the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum. This Forum identified gaps in the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) and other key health behaviour measures relating to young people. NHS Digital contracted Ipsos MORI to carry out the survey.
WAY 2014 is the first survey to be conducted of its kind and it is hoped that the survey will be repeated in order to form a time series of comparable data on a range of indicators for 15 year-olds across England.
Data has been collected on topics including, smoking, general health, diet, use of free time, physical activity, drinking, emotional wellbeing, drugs and bullying. This is ground-breaking for LAs as new data will become available to better inform local policy making.
Infant Feeding Survey
The Infant Feeding Survey (IFS) has been conducted every five years since 1975 and was last carried out in 2010 by IFF Research with Professor Mary Renfrew of the University of Dundee on behalf of NHS Digital. It investigates variations in feeding practices among different socio-demographic groups and establishes the age at which solid foods are introduced and examines practices associated with introducing solid foods for infants up to 9 months old.
A number of new questions were added to the survey in 2010, covering a range of topics including the Healthy Start scheme (a means-tested voucher scheme for pregnant women or mothers with children under 4 years old to help with basic food items), how mothers who had multiple births fed their babies, whether babies were full term or premature, as well as further exploration of the types of problems mothers may have experienced while breastfeeding.