Alcohol: Just over one in five men and one in eight women drink twice the recommended daily limit December 18th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Alcohol: Just over one in five men and one in eight women drink twice the recommended daily limit Just over one in five men and one in eight women surveyed about their drinking habits said they had drunk twice the recommended daily alcohol limit within the previous week , a new Health and Social Care Information Centre report shows. Results from the 2012 Health Survey for England (HSE), which surveyed more than 8,000 adults and 2,000 children, reflect a continuation of the gradual decline in drinking over recent years. Today’s report estimates that among the adult population in England in 2012: 67 out of every 100 men and 53 out of every 100 women had drunk alcohol in the previous week, compared to 72 men and 58 women in 2006. 37 out of every 100 men and 28 out of every 100 women drank more than the recommended daily limit on one day in the previous week, compared to 41 men and 33 women in 2006. 21 out of every 100 men and 13 out of every 100 women drank more than twice the recommended daily limit on one day in the previous week, compared to 24 men and 16 women in 2006. The HSE provides information that cannot be obtained from other sources on a range of aspects of public health; including trends in physical activity, drinking, smoking and obesity. The 2012 survey also included new questions about gambling behaviour, which showed 68 out of every 100 men and 61 out of every 100 women said they had gambled in the last year. Key findings include: The National Lottery was the most popular gambling activity (56 out of every 100 men and 49 out of every 100 women), followed by scratch cards (19 out of every 100 men and 20 out of every 100 women), while 12 out of every 100 men and eight out of every 100 women bet on horseracing. Excluding those who only participated in the National Lottery: – 46 out of every 100 men and 40 out of every 100 women gambled on other activities during the 12 months. – People aged 16 to 34 were most likely to gamble, with likelihood then decreasing as age increased. Gambling prevalence was generally highest in higher income households and lowest in low income households with the exception of bingo and scratch cards, which low income households were more likely to gamble on The 2012 survey also included a special focus on physical activity, which shows in 2012: 67 out of every 100 men and 55 out of every 100 women aged 16 or over met the new UK guidelines for aerobic activity. These proportions are similar to 2008. Men recorded about 4.9 hours of sedentary time per weekday, down from 5.0 hours in 2008, while women recorded 4.7 hours, a fall from 5.0. On weekend days, the average sedentary time decreased from 5.6 hours in 2008 to 5.4 hours in 2012 among men and from 5.3 to 5.1 hours among women. HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning said:”The Health Survey for England has provided an insight into the health, fitness and lifestyle of our nation for the last 20 years and this year’s report makes for fascinating reading. “Drinking among adults continues to show signs of gradual decline, but nevertheless the fact that one in five men and one in eight women reported drinking more than twice the recommended daily limit of alcohol in the week before the survey is of clear interest to policy makers and society in general.” Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!