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Number of alcohol units consumed in England 2019, by gender and age

In 2019, men in England aged between 65 and 74 years consumed on average 20.9 units of alcohol per week, and women in the same age group drank on average 9.3 units per week. It is recommended that men and women should not regularly exceed fourteen units of alcohol in a week. For example, fourteen units of alcohol is equivalent to six pints of four percent beer.

Correlation in hospital admissions

The age group 65 to 74 years had the second highest amount of hospital admissions in England due to alcohol consumption, with over 39 thousand men and 14 thousand women admitted to hospital. Although the age group 45 to 54 years had the highest amount of admissions with 53.7 thousand men admitted due to alcohol and 26.5 thousand women.

Increase of alcohol-related deaths

In 2018, there were over 7.5 thousand alcohol-related deaths in the UK. Since 1994 the number of alcohol-related deaths in the UK has been increasing. Additionally, the number of deaths among men due to alcohol is consistently higher than in women in the UK in the last 25 years. In the UK, Scotland has the highest death rate due to alcohol among both genders.

Mean number of alcohol units consumed per week in England in 2019, by gender and age

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Release date

December 2020


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period


Number of respondents


Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

Individuals who drank alcohol in the last 12 months

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Weighted bases: n (men)=3,871; (women)=4,050.

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