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Response to the General Lifestyle Survey 2010

Posted 08/03/12

Colin Shevills, Director of Balance, said: “Today’s figures show that rates of alcohol consumption between 2009 and 2010 fell faster in the North East than anywhere else in the country.

This moves our region nearer to the English average and further away from our usual role as the sick man of England when it comes to alcohol misuse.

“However, while we welcome the General Lifestyle Survey 2010 findings, we would urge caution. Our significant success relates to a single year alone. We are still drinking greater amounts and more regularly than we were in 2005 and more than twice what we were consuming in 1950. There is a long way to go if we are to truly turn back the tide of alcohol misuse in the North East.”

According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2005, 21% of North East men drank at least eight units of alcohol on one day in the last week, compared to 27% in 2009 and 21% in 2010. The corresponding English average was 18%, 20% and 19%.

When it comes to North East women, 9% drank at least six units of alcohol in 2005, increasing to 17% in 2009 before falling to 12% in 2010. The corresponding English average was 8%, 13% and 12%.

The General Lifestyle Survey 2010, published today (Thursday, March 8) by the Office for National Statistics also revealed that: