Workers more likely to drink than unemployed

Workers are much more likely to drink than those who are unemployed, according to new figures.

gm-diet-alcoholUK data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows 65% of workers surveyed in 2012 had at least one drink in the previous week, compared to 48% of those who were not working.

Overall, the number of people aged 16 and over who drink has been falling in recent years. Between 2005 and 2012, the proportion of men who drank alcohol in the week before being interviewed fell from 72% to 64%, while for women it fell from 57% to 52%.

The overall numbers who admit to drinking at least five days a week has also been dropping, from 22% to 14% among men and from 13% to 9% among women.

But almost a quarter of men over 65 (23%) in 2012 admitted drinking frequently, as did 14% of women in this age group.

Young people aged 16 to 24 were most likely to have drunk very heavily (more than 12 units for men and nine units for women) at least once during the previous week. More than a quarter (27%) did so, with similar figures for men (26%) and women (28%).

Courtesy of Press Association

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