Smoking and alcohol
According 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 full National Health Report 2014 here.
Find out just how healthy Mr and Mrs Average are.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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