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Middle classes in Britain drink most alcohol, but smoking is at lowest recorded level

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 26 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b312
  1. Oona Mashta, London

    More than a third of adults in Great Britain drink more than the recommended daily amount of alcohol at least once a week, amid widespread confusion over what the safe level is, show two surveys by the Office for National Statistics.

    But the surveys show encouraging figures on the prevalence of smoking, which is at its lowest recorded level of 21%. The group that has the highest rate is the 20-24 year old age group.

    The figures relating to alcohol, show that a fifth of adults consumed more than double the limit on their heaviest drinking day …

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