In a Press Release from the Office of National Statistics relating to the publication of
Key findings were:
- Alcohol consumption in 2006 was higher in England and in Wales than in Scotland: 13.7 and 13.5 units a week, on average, respectively, compared with 11.6 units.
- Men and women in households classified as ‘routine and manual’ drank less (11.6 units a week), on average, than those in other types of household. Those in ‘managerial and professional’ households drank the most (15.1 units a week).
- The overall prevalence of cigarette smoking among the adult population (persons aged 16 years and over) fell to 22 per cent in 2006, its lowest recorded level. This downturn follows a period of little change since the second half of the 1990s, when prevalence levelled out at about 27 per cent before resuming a slow decline in the early 2000s.