Here are some figures from the NHS alcohol statistics report
In 2009 over a third of both men and women exceeded the recommended daily limit on their heaviest drinking day in the past week.
- For men the average number of units drunk in the heaviest drinking day in the last week was 5.9. This figure was 3.2 for women (Table 3.3).
- 26% of men and 17% of women drank more than twice the recommended daily limit (8 units for men, 6 units for women) (Table 3.3).
- Between 2003 and 2009 the mean number of units consumed by both men and women on their heaviest drinking day has fallen by a small but statistically significant amount (from 6.5 units in 2003 to 5.9 units
In 2009 the proportion of men and women exceeding ‘sensible’ drinking limits varies with age.
- More than half of men (53%) in the 25-34 age group exceeded sensible daily limits on their heaviest drinking day in the past week. Similarly for women high numbers of 25-34 year olds (and 35-44 year olds) exceeded sensible drinking limits (44% of both) (Table 3.3 and Figure 3.1).
- Among men, the 25-34 age group were most likely to report drinking more than 8 units on their heaviest drinking day in the last week (36%). For women, 28% of both 16-24 and 25-34 year olds reported binge drinking (drinking more than 6 units) in the past week (Table 3.3 and Figure 3.1).
- Apart from a slight fluctuation for men, with the proportion of 25-34 year olds exceeding that of 16-24 year olds, propensity to binge drink declines with age (Table 3.3 and Figure 3.1).