Consumption

  • Overall alcohol consumption in 2016 was 9.5 litres per capita (15+) – this is a fall of 17% since the 2004 peak and 8% lower than in 2000.
  • 2016 consumption is twice as high as in the 1950s and 30% lower than the 1900s.
  • According to the most recent OECD analysis of 25 European countries (2014) the average per capita consumption is 9.6 litres – the UK was just below this in 2014 at 9.4 litres per capita.
  • The percentage of frequent drinkers fell from 2005-2016 – men from 22% to 12% and women from 13% to 7%   
  • The percentage of those binge drinking on their heaviest drinking day also fell from 2005-2016 -men from 23% to 18% and the women from 15% to 13%