Alcohol Awareness – Some Facts

Here are some stats published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre Statistics on Alcohol – England, 2013that might interest or surprise you…

  • 61 per cent of men and 72 per cent of women in 2011 had either drunk no alcohol in the last week, or had drunk within the recommended levels on the day they drank the most alcohol.
  • 64 per cent of men drank no more than 21 units weekly, and 63 per cent of women drank no more than 14 units weekly in 2011.

This means that the majority of people are drinking within the recommended limits. Fewer than 4 out of 10 people are not.

In 2009 only 13% of people kept a track on how many units they had consumed on a weekly basis. This is despite the fact that 90% of people knew about measuring alcohol consumption by units.

Calories in Alcohol

Calories from alcohol are ’empty calories’, they have no nutritional value. Most alcoholic drinks contain traces of vitamins and minerals but not usually in amounts that make any significant contribution to our diet.

Drinkingalcohol also reduces the amount of fat your body burns for energy. While we can store nutrients, protein, carbohydrates and fat in our bodies, we cant store alcohol. So our systems want to get rid of it, and doing so takes priority. All of the other processes that should betaking place are interrupted.

Being high in sugar means alcohol contains lots of calories – seven calories a gram in fact, almost as many as pure fat!

.(infomation taken from the Drink Aware site, visit the link for more info: