There was a downward trend in the proportion of adults who drank alcohol in the last week, which fell from 67% in 1998 to 58% in 2016.
Adults who have drunk alcohol in the last week
Source: NHS Digital
Base: Adults aged 16 and over
Note: Alcohol has become more affordable over time. Between 2006 and 2016, the price of alcohol has increased by 0.3% relative to retail prices, whilst real households’ disposable income (adjusted) increased by 12% over the same period. For more details see here.
Year-on-year fluctuations may not indicate real changes and can be within the margins of sampling error. We comment only on the changes that are more likely to reflect a real change.