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Table 5 Weekly alcohol consumption in drinkersa16 years – health survey for England, special occasion survey and sales

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

    UK Units b /week % of HMRC sales
   Population (1,000s) Total (millions) Per drinker  
HMRCc (sales) All 36,072.2 783.8 21.7 NA
Health Survey for England Male 18,741.1 318.6 17.0 40.6
  Female 17,331.1 176.8 10.2 22.6
  All 36,072.2 495.4 13.7 63.2
ARUK Survey Male 18,741.1 324.2 17.3 41.4
Typical drinking only Female 17,331.1 167.6 9.7 21.4
  All 36,072.2 491.8 13.6 62.7
ARUK Survey Male 18,741.1 395.4 21.1 50.5
Typical/atypical and special occasion Female 17,331.1 220.0 12.7 28.1
  All 36,072.2 615.4 17.1 78.5
  1. aNumber of drinkers are based on Health Survey for England 2012 [9]; b1 UK unit = 8 g of pure alcohol; c HMRC, Her Majesties Revenue and Customs – clearance data measures total alcohol taxed for sale across the UK (2013 [11]). The British Beer and Pub Association [10] publishes proportions sold regionally allowing the calculation of sales for England & Wales only. Total sales for England were then based on a per capita split between England and Wales (2012 [32]). To provide a comparable figure to survey consumption by ≥16 years only, total sales were further reduced by 190,982,542 units based on estimated annual consumption by those 11 to 15 years (2012 [48]). NA, Not applicable.