Publication - Statistics

Scottish Health Survey 2018: summary report

Published: 24 Sep 2019
Directorate:
Community Health and Social Care Directorate
Part of:
Health and social care
ISBN:
9781839600845

Key findings from the Scottish Health Survey 2018 report.

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Contents
Scottish Health Survey 2018: summary report
Chapter 3 Alcohol

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Chapter 3 Alcohol

Since 2013, hazardous or harmful drinking (over 14 units a week) has remained at similar levels, fluctuating between 24% and 26% (24% in 2018), as has non-drinking, fluctuating between 16% and 17% (16% in 2018).

Men continued to be twice as likely than women to drink at hazardous or harmful levels.

  • Men 32%
  • Women 16%

Men continued to be less likely than women to be non-drinkers.

  • Men 13%
  • Women 19%

24% of adults drank at hazardous or harmful levels, the same figure as in 2017, but down from 34% in 2003.

People living in the least deprived areas were more likely to drink at hazardous or harmful levels than those living in the most deprived areas.

  • Least deprived 27%
  • Most deprived 18%

People living in the least deprived areas were less likely to be non-drinkers than those in the most deprived areas.

  • Least deprived 12%
  • Most deprived 24%

Among men, the highest prevalence of hazardous or harmful drinking was found among those aged 55-64 (36%) and for women, prevalence peaked within the 45-54 age group (22%).

The mean number of units of alcohol consumed per week by adult drinkers decreased between 2003 and 2013 and has remained around the same level since.

  • 2003 16.1 units
  • 2013 12.2 units
  • 2018 12.5 units

Male drinkers continued to drink almost twice as many units of alcohol a week on average than female drinkers.

  • Male 16.1 units
  • Female 8.9 units

For men, the highest mean consumption was among those aged 45-54 (18.5 mean units per week); for women the highest mean consumption was among those aged 16-24 (11.6 mean units per week).

The mean number of days on which adult drinkers drank alcohol in the last week increased with age; from 2.0 for those aged 16-24 to 3.6 for those aged 75 and over.

The percentage of men drinking more than four units on their heaviest drinking day declined significantly between 2003 (45%) and 2018 (36%). The percentage of women drinking more than three units on their heaviest drinking day also declined significantly between 2003 (37%) and 2018 (28%).


Contact

Email: scottishhealthsurvey@gov.scot