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Smoking and alcohol

Alcohol Consumption MapAccording to our recent National Health Report, people from the North East are UK’s biggest drinkers, with 18% admitting to drinking more than 35 units of alcohol per week. Those who live in the South West and Wales are most likely to be tee-total (42% and 40%, respectively, consume 0 units per week).

In fact, most people assume that the established national health guidelines are stricter than they actually are: 23% think that they should only drink 1-7 units per week.

More than 7 out of 10 people in the UK (72%) say that they don’t smoke, with those from the South West most likely to say this (78%).

Heavy smokers, who regularly smoke over 25 cigarettes a day, are very much in the minority. They are, however, most likely to live in Northern Ireland (2%). Light smokers, who smoke up to 5 cigarettes per day, are most likely to live in London and the South East (both 3%).

Below you can find out more information about our drinking and smoking habits, and other related content.

Download the report

Download the full National Health Report 2014 here.

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Mr and Mrs Average

Find out just how healthy Mr and Mrs Average are.

Mr and Mrs Average

Nutrition & Diet

Are we getting our five-a-day and enough water? Find out here.

Nutrition & Diet

Our bad habits: the lowdown

Our chosen methods of relaxation can sometimes be bad for our health. Two of these methods are, of course, drinking alcohol and smoking, despite the obvious health dangers.

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Alcohol: know your limits

It’s important to know your limits. The NHS recommends that men should not regularly drink more than three to four units a day; women should not exceed two to three units.

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Gains of giving up Alcohol?

We all know someone who has given up drink for a month. But can it make a difference to your health? There are two major potential health benefits from passing on alcohol.

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Burning through your cash?

If you're a smoker in need of a little persuasion to kick the habit, then let the figures do the talking. With cigarettes costing what they do, it means you're spending £56 a week on tobacco.

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How many units are we really drinking?

Despite recommendations, we have found that Mr and Mrs Average drink a higher amount of units each week.  Here is a visual representation of how many units are in different drinks, and their associated calories.

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