UK alcohol consumption now same as in 1979

Alcohol consumption in the UK has fallen by almost a fifth over the last decade to the same level as in 1979, according to a video released by The Portman Group that aims to demystify the country’s drinking habits.

“We drink less, and less frequently, than we did ten years ago and harmful consumption patterns like binge drinking have fallen,” the Portman Group said following the release of the video, which was produced using data from UK government agencies including the Office of National Statistics (ONS), Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) and the Department for Transport (DfT).

“Among children, underage drinking has been in substantial decline alongside a decline in the number of children who think its ok to drink. We also know that alcohol-related crime has fallen (although alcohol is still linked to about half of all violent incidents) and that drink driving has halved in the last decade, continuing a decline that started in the 1980s.”

Overall, around 40 million adults in the UK choose to drink, with 10 million adults teetotal. While we drink the same as we did in 1976, we still drink more than we did in the 1960s, and less than 16 other European countries: Germany, France, Portugal, Ireland , Poland, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Croatia, Finland, Latvia, Serbia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Lithuania.

“In the debate about alcohol in our society these sustained and welcome trends are so often overlooked,” said Portman Group chief executive, Henry Ashworth. “Public, private and third sector organisations are working hard to reduce alcohol misuse and it’s time their achievements were given proper recognition.

“There is still work to do. We should not forget that whilst the national picture is generally improving, there are still communities that suffer disproportionately from alcohol misuse. Alcohol is still linked to about half of all violent incidents and alcohol-related hospital admissions are increasing among older age groups. These challenges need targeted, local interventions built on strong, effective partnerships between local authorities, health services, police, businesses and the voluntary sector. By working together, we can support those communities that need help and continue the positive trends we have seen over the last ten years.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Sales Administrator

Ellis Wines
Hanworth, Middx, IU

Sales Support Executive

Davy's
London, UK

Partner Manager – On-trade - Greater London

Maverick Drinks
London/M25 belt, UK

Partner Manager – On-trade - North West

Maverick Drinks
Manchester, UK

Partner Manager – On-trade - West & Wales

Maverick Drinks
Bristol, UK

Partner Manager – On-trade - South East

Maverick Drinks
Brighton, UK

Events Sales Executive

The Drinks Business
Central London, UK

Sale & Operations Manager

Marussia Beverages
Marylebone, London, UK

Pink Rosé Festival

Cannes,France
7th Feb 2018

VinoVision Paris

Paris,France
12th Feb 2018

Vinisud

Montpellier,France
18th Feb 2018
Click to view more

Champagne Masters 2017

The only Champagne blind tasting in the UK, the competition will reward the best wines in the following categories:

The Global Rosé Masters 2017

With wines from the palest of pink to almost ruby red, bone dry to almost cloyingly sweet, reductively handled to barrel-aged, as well as gently spritzy to fully sparkling.

Click to view more