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Fall in binge drinkers

29th November 2006

After years of worrying statistics about Britain’s drinking habits, new figures have revealed a drop in the number of people binge drinking in the country.

The data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that Britons are less likely to drink excessive amounts of alcohol than in previous years.  The figures revealed that 35 per cent of men exceed the recommended amount of alcohol today, contrasted with 39 per cent two years ago.  The statistics show that despite this drop, men are still bigger binge drinkers than women. The ONS said that the trend of female binge drinking seemed to have reached a plateau.

The government, which came under fire last year for extending the country’s licensing laws in a bid to curb binge drinking, said it was encouraging that fewer men were exceeding sensible drinking benchmarks.  The spokesperson for the Department of Health also noted that knowledge of sensible drinking limits and alcohol units had increased in both men and women.  

The news comes after Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt recently asked Chancellor Gordon Brown to raise the tax on alcopop drinks in a bid to deter women and teenagers from excessive drinking.


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Monday 4th December 2006 @ 12:03

Considering the lack of definition of 'binge' drinking, drawing any conclusions about these statistics would be precarious. The ONS survey is based on 'normal' drinking and the statistics relate to the numbers of people drinking more than advisory levels - 2 pints of beer for men on at least one day the previous week. Most men would not consider 2 pints on one day in a week to be binge drinking. There needs to be a consensus on the definitions. Binge drinking as perceived by the general public is a relatively rare event.

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