Adults who have drunk alcohol in the last week

Source: NHS Digital

Base: Adults aged 16 and over

The proportion of adults who have drunk alcohol in the last week has declined since 1998, down from 67% in 1998 to 57% in 2017.

Note: Alcohol has become more affordable over time. Between 2007 and 2017, the price of alcohol has increased by 0.8% relative to retail prices, whilst real disposable income per adult increased by 1.9% 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.


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