Table 1.2 Estimated usual weekly alcohol consumption level, 2016, by age and sex

Aged 16 and over 2016
Alcohol units per week Age Total
16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65-74 75+
% % % % % % % %
Men
Estimated usual weekly alcohol consumption levela
Non-drinker 11 8 8 12 13 15 26 13
Moderate 57 59 55 50 47 47 54 53
Hazardous / Harmful 32 33 37 38 40 38 20 35
Mean units per weekb 18.4 13.5 15.8 17.6 20.7 17.6 12.8 16.9
SE of the mean 4.00 1.95 1.69 1.42 1.67 1.30 1.55 0.80
Women
Estimated usual weekly alcohol consumption levela
Non-drinker 10 16 17 17 15 27 41 19
Moderate 65 71 64 66 62 59 53 63
Hazardous / Harmful 25 13 19 18 23 14 5 17
Mean units per weekb 11.3 7.4 8.6 8.7 10.8 8.0 4.8 8.8
SE of the mean 1.42 0.72 0.83 0.68 0.83 0.70 0.68 0.37
All adults
Estimated usual weekly alcohol consumption levela
Non-drinker 11 12 13 14 14 22 35 16
Moderate 61 65 60 58 55 53 54 58
Hazardous / Harmful 29 23 28 27 31 25 11 26
Mean units per weekb 14.9 10.5 12.3 13.1 15.7 12.9 8.6 12.8
SE of the mean 2.24 1.09 1.01 0.82 0.99 0.82 0.89 0.47
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Table 1.2 - Continued
Aged 16 and over 2016
Alcohol units per week Age Total
16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65-74 75+
Bases (weighted):
Men 267 323 318 377 324 255 167 2031
Male drinkers 225 297 287 325 276 212 122 1744
Women 254 344 336 407 340 281 236 2199
Female drinkers 220 286 278 334 285 200 134 1736
All adults 521 667 654 783 665 536 403 4230
All drinkers 445 583 565 659 561 412 256 3480
Bases (unweighted):
Men 157 206 264 339 358 337 208 1869
Male drinkers 134 187 239 296 303 277 151 1587
Women 179 318 346 439 429 400 284 2395
Female drinkers 153 266 296 369 362 285 158 1889
All adults 336 524 610 778 787 737 492 4264
All drinkers 287 453 535 665 665 562 309 3476

a Non-drinker: no units per week; Moderate: >0 units and up to 14 units; Hazardous / harmful: more than 14 units
b Those who had consumed alcohol in the past year


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