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Table 2 Mean alcohol consumed through typical, atypical/special, and all drinking occasions by demographics and typical consumption

From: Holidays, celebrations, and commiserations: measuring drinking during feasting and fasting to improve national and individual estimates of alcohol consumption

     UK Units a per week  
     Typical Atypical/special All % change
     95% CI 95% CI 95% CI
   n % Mean Lower Upper Mean Lower Upper Mean Lower Upper
Total   4,604   10.0 9.5 10.5 2.3 2.1 2.5 12.3 11.8 12.9 23.0
Sex Male 1,725 37.5 15.6 14.4 16.7 2.8 2.4 3.3 18.4 17.2 19.6 18.3
  Female 2,879 62.5 6.7 6.3 7.1 2.0 1.8 2.2 8.7 8.2 9.2 29.5
  F, P    F = 287.303, P <0.001 F = 15.990, P <0.001 F = 280.921, P <0.001  
Age 16–24 247 5.4 9.3 7.3 11.3 4.9 3.5 6.2 14.2 11.9 16.5 52.3
  25–34 379 8.2 10.1 7.6 12.7 4.0 3.0 5.0 14.1 11.1 17.1 39.3
  35–44 508 11.0 8.7 7.7 9.7 3.1 2.5 3.8 11.8 10.5 13.2 36.0
  45–54 839 18.2 11.3 10.1 12.5 3.1 2.5 3.6 14.3 12.9 15.8 27.1
  55–64 1,024 22.2 11.2 10.0 12.4 2.2 1.7 2.6 13.4 12.1 14.7 19.3
  65–74 1,016 22.1 9.9 8.9 10.9 1.2 0.8 1.5 11.1 10.1 12.1 11.7
  75+ 591 12.8 7.8 6.7 8.9 0.6 0.3 0.8 8.4 7.2 9.5 7.6
  F, P    F = 3.663, P = 0.001 F = 22.220, P <0.001 F = 7.690, P <0.001  
Deprivation Deprived 1,376 29.9 10.2 9.1 11.3 2.1 1.7 2.4 12.2 11.0 13.5 20.2
tertile Mid 973 21.1 10.6 9.5 11.8 2.5 2.0 3.1 13.2 11.9 14.4 23.9
  Affluent 2,255 49.0 9.7 9.1 10.3 2.4 2.1 2.6 12.1 11.4 12.7 24.3
  F, P    F = 0.990, P = 0.372 F = 1.414, P = 0.243 F = 1.122, P = 0.326  
Ethnicity White 4,412 95.8 10.1 9.6 10.6 2.3 2.1 2.5 12.4 11.9 13.0 22.9
  Asian/Chinese 50 1.1 5.8 2.6 9.0 1.4 0.4 2.5 7.2 3.9 10.6 25.1
  Black/Other 142 3.1 8.7 6.5 11.0 2.3 1.3 3.4 11.1 8.4 13.8 26.9
  F, P    F = 1.876, P = 0.153 F = 0.364, P = 0.695 F = 2.033, P = 0.131  
Typical alcohol consumption category b Lower risk 1 1,300 28.2 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.8 0.6 1.0 1.1 0.9 1.3 209.3
  2 1,636 35.5 3.8 3.7 3.9 2.4 2.2 2.7 6.2 5.9 6.5 64.9
  3 820 17.8 12.1 11.8 12.3 3.3 2.8 3.7 15.3 14.8 15.9 27.1
Increasing risk 4 436 9.5 21.7 21.1 22.3 3.6 2.9 4.3 25.3 24.4 26.3 16.7
  5 247 5.4 32.2 31.1 33.2 4.2 2.8 5.6 36.4 34.6 38.2 13.1
Higher risk 6 165 3.6 74.2 67.3 81.1 1.9 −1.2 5.1 76.1 68.3 83.9 2.6
F, P     n/a F = 22.337, P < 0.001 F = 1592.674, P < 0.001  
  1. a1 UK Unit = 8 g of alcohol; bConsumption categories are taken from Health Survey for England [9]; see Box 1. Statistics use Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). 95% CI, 95% Confidence intervals.