Problem drinking is rising among England’s well educated women

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 13 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2610
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Alcohol consumption is falling or stable in most rich countries, but in the United Kingdom it is rising, and in England more and more young and highly educated women are drinking too much, a major report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has said.1

Across the UK the proportion of 15 year olds who had drunk any alcohol rose from 71% in 2002 to 75% in 2010. And in England 40% of girls (twice as many as boys) reported having been drunk at least twice before they were 15 years old.

At the same time, the proportion of highly educated (university educated) women who now drank in a way that could damage their health was almost as high as among educated men. Some 20% of highly educated women, and 23% of highly educated men, consumed a weekly amount of pure alcohol of 140 g or more for women or 210 …

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