Number of alcohol units consumed in England 2018, by gender and age

In 2018, men in England aged between 55 and 64 years consumed on average 15.2 units of alcohol per week, and women in the same age group drank on average 11.2 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 55 to 64 years had the second highest amount of hospital admissions in England due to alcohol consumption, with over 44.5 thousand men and 18 thousand women admitted to hospital. Although the age group 45 to 54 years had the highest amount of admissions with 49.9 thousand men admitted due to alcohol and 24.2 thousand women.

Increase of alcohol-related deaths

In 2017, there were almost 7.7 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 2018, by gender and age

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Release date

December 2019


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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