DrinkDrive - How Much Alcohol Do You Drink?


Drinking alcohol is similar to smoking – it’s a habit. In moderation drinking isn’t bad for you like most things in life. But excessive drinking can cause physical, social, financial, mental issues arising from excessive consumption

Drinking alcohol especially today with the new world wines and fruit flavoured spirits and ciders/beers can become additive without you realising. The reasons people drink vary from social to relieving stress and anxiety to feeling part of a crowd but all can lead to drink addiction and once our bodies get a taste for alcohol, like smoking it is hard to stop.

We show hard statistics about excessive drinking of alcohol, provide support and guidance on how to reduce or stop and give helpful support groups who can assist locally.

Let’s take a look at some of the facts and what is safe and what are the consequences or impact on your health from excessive drinking.

Drinking Facts

These facts are taken from the NHS Digital publication on Statistics on Alcohol, England, 2018 [PAS], dated 1 May 2018, which is a National Statistics publication.


hospital admissions in 2016/7 primarily due to alcohol consumption


alcohol-specific deaths in England in 2016


alcohol-related prescription items dispensed in England in 2017

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total Net Ingredient Cost for items prescribed for alcohol dependence in 2017 in England

Adult Drinking Habits in Great Britain: 2017

The Office for National Statistics released their paper: “Annual data on alcohol consumption by adults, including changes in drinking patterns in recent years and data for those who do not drink.”.  Some key points are shown below.

Young people aged 16 to 24 years in Great Britain are less likely to drink than any other age group; when they do drink, consumption on their heaviest drinking day tends to be higher than other ages.

YouDrive are concerned this may lead to binge drinking – see below

Men are more likely to drink alcohol than women. 61.9% of men and 52.4% of women drank alcohol in the week prior to interview.

Looking at drinking habits by age, the highest consumption was found among those aged 45 to 64 years, with 64.6% saying they drank alcohol in the past week; the lowest was found among those aged 16 to 24 years, with 47.9% saying they drank alcohol in the past week.

The generally higher levels of binge drinking among those aged 16 to 24 years could be due to the data capturing those who tend to drink excessively on Friday or Saturday nights and then not much else during the rest of the week.

Data from other sources, which measure drinking habits on more than one day, show that the most harmful drinking tends to be among middle-aged drinkers, as these individuals are more likely to drink every day.

When looking at drinking habits by socio-economic status, in 2017, around 7 in 10 people (69.5%) who said they worked in managerial and professional occupations drank alcohol in the week before interview. In contrast, 51.2% (around one in two) of people working in routine and manual occupations said they drank.

Macmillan Cancer Support found each Briton spends around £787 a year on alcohol, with London’s concentration of drinkers spending sizably more. The research, conducted by Onepoll, surveyed 2,000 over-18s. Men spent an average of £934.44 per year, the data found, compared with women spending £678.60.30 Sep 2014

Drinkaware Chief Medical Officers' Low Risk Drinking Guidelines

drinking guidelines

OneYou, a Public Health England initiative, gives you some ideas on what you drink and some tips 

Drinkaware Trust is an independent UK-wide alcohol education charity.  Find out more by clicking the link above.

Do I have to stop altogether (AA)?

A lot of people know they are drinking too much, but don’t see themselves as alcoholics.  They would like to drink less but never really get round to it – there are just too many reasons to carry on as they are.

Especially when they see the draconian response involving complete abstinence and constant attendance of meetings at self help groups – hair shirt not essential!

The Sophisticated Alcoholic

We like the approach taken in this book by David Allen.  It breaks all the rules about treating alcoholism – it’s not just about the stereotypical alcoholic but the invisible majority, These people are the middle class drinkers, they  are in control of their lives with the significant exception that they know that their use of alcohol is excessive. These are the silent majority – the ‘Sophisticated Alcoholics’.

It suggests the view that alcoholism is a disease is wrong, and depressing.  It says that changing beliefs and perceptions is at the heart of tackling excessive and damaging drinking.  This is fundamental to our approach – you have to want to change – this book says that you CAN change and you are not a slave to your genes or an incurable disease.

The editor is current NHS consultant psychiatrist Dr James Kustow.  You can see the book on Amazon here

If you have any questions you’d like to ask the author or you just want to get in touch, use this email rather than the one in the book: [email protected]com

Alcohol and Anxiety

Alcohol and Anxiety

This is a Pint of Science talk by Maddy Prior from the University of Bristol. It looks at the link between anxiety and alcohol abuse.

If you suspect you might be drinking too much, you almost certainly are!  The question is whether you want to do something about it.  If you do, then the banner below shows how to tackle it. 

Hover over it and it will switch to show you information on how you can get help with this, and what’s involved.  Click the button on the back to see more information on both options and YouDrive’s view!

"You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on."
Dean Martin

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More information

The NHS have a section on alcohol support

Drinkaware specialise in drink related problems

UK Addiction Treatment Centres explain the signs and symptoms of alcohol addition

DrinkCoach is a service providing coaching support and a free app to monitor your drinking

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