Essential Report

Alcohol consumption

Apr 8, 2015

Q. Compared to three years ago, are you drinking more or less alcohol?

  Total   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Total more 11% 14% 10% 16% 11% 7%
Total less 34% 33% 36% 37% 30% 37%
Substantially more 2% 3% 2% 4% 2% 1%
A little more 9% 11% 8% 12% 9% 6%
About the same 37% 40% 35% 28% 45% 38%
A little less 18% 21% 16% 22% 13% 21%
Substantially less/stopped drinking 16% 12% 20% 15% 17% 16%
Never drank 16% 14% 19% 18% 14% 18%

13% say they are drinking more alcohol than 3 years ago and 34% are drinking less. 37% say they are drinking about the same.

Those aged under 35 are more likely to say they are drinking more (16%) while 45% of those aged 35-54 are drinking about the same.

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