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Table 4.1 Estimated usual weekly alcohol consumption level, 2003 to 2017

Aged 16 and over 2003 - 2017
Alcohol units per week 2003 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  % % % % % % % % % % %
Men
Estimated usual weekly alcohol consumption levela
Non-drinker 8 10 10 12 11 12 12 14 14 13 14
Moderate 45 45 49 48 51 50 53 51 51 53 53
Hazardous / Harmful 47 44 41 39 38 38 34 35 36 35 33
Mean units per weekb 21.8 20.3 19.7 18.4 17.0 17.5 15.7 15.9 17.2 16.9 16.4
SE of the mean 0.66 0.61 0.84 0.55 0.45 0.67 0.52 0.48 0.69 0.80 0.79
Women
Estimated usual weekly alcohol consumption levela
Non-drinker 13 13 16 17 17 17 20 18 18 19 19
Moderate 64 67 66 65 65 65 64 65 66 63 65
Hazardous / Harmful 23 20 18 18 18 18 16 17 17 17 16
Mean units per weekb 10.6 10.1 9.4 9.2 9.1 9.3 8.6 9.0 8.7 8.8 8.6
SE of the mean 0.35 0.38 0.28 0.27 0.27 0.39 0.30 0.39 0.30 0.37 0.34
All adults
Estimated usual weekly alcohol consumption levela
Non-drinker 11 12 13 15 14 15 16 16 16 16 17
Moderate 55 57 58 57 58 57 59 59 58 58 59
Hazardous / Harmful 34 32 29 28 28 28 25 25 26 26 24
Mean units per weekb 16.1 15.0 14.5 13.7 13.1 13.3 12.2 12.4 12.9 12.8 12.5
SE of the mean 0.39 0.38 0.47 0.33 0.30 0.40 0.33 0.35 0.39 0.47 0.45
Bases (weighted):
Men 3791 3011 3572 3388 3551 2253 2303 2171 2350 2031 1743
Male drinkers 3437 2673 3168 2953 3131 1963 2005 1844 2003 1744 1472
Women 4215 3317 3906 3711 3874 2464 2501 2389 2564 2199 1877
Female drinkers 3578 2831 3241 3047 3164 2022 1963 1951 2077 1736 1486
All adults 8006 6329 7478 7098 7425 4717 4805 4560 4914 4230 3619
All drinkers 7015 5504 6409 6000 6294 3985 3968 3795 4080 3480 2958
Bases (unweighted):
Men 3558 2796 3272 3064 3239 2095 2108 2028 2212 1869 1576
Male drinkers 3218 2463 2876 2654 2842 1794 1815 1737 1856 1587 1313
Women 4482 3578 4227 4076 4220 2657 2724 2564 2723 2395 2066
Female drinkers 3791 3033 3481 3297 3415 2153 2144 2063 2156 1889 1626
All adults 8040 6374 7499 7140 7459 4752 4832 4592 4935 4264 3642
All drinkers 7009 5496 6357 5951 6257 3947 3959 3800 4012 3476 2939

a Non-drinker: no units per week; Moderate: >0 units and up to 14 units; Hazardous/harmful: more than 14 units. Figures for men / all adults have been revised for 2003 to 2014 in line with these new guidelines
b Those who had consumed alcohol in the past year


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