Drinking declines and smoking reaches all time low in Great Britain

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 24 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:178
  1. Henry Creagh
  1. 1London

    Alcohol and tobacco consumption in Great Britain is on a downward trend, according to two new reports from the Office for National Statistics.

    The General Household Survey report, Smoking and Drinking Among Adults 2006, shows that managers are drinking more heavily than their workforces, the English are out-drinking the Scots and the Welsh, and smoking is on a slow but steady decline.

    Men and women in “routine and manual” households drank an average of 11.6 units of alcohol a week and were the lowest consumers. The greatest consumers were people in “managerial and professional” households, who drank an average of 14 units a week.

    Average consumption of alcohol …

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