Portman Group Statement on BMJ study of women's alcohol consumption

25/10/2016

Portman Group Statement

Ref: 42-16

24 October 2016

 

The idea that women are now ‘catching up’ with men’s alcohol consumption, does not reflect the real-life evidence of how women drink in the UK today. Official government data shows significant declines in women’s alcohol consumption, frequency of drinking and binge drinking rates over the last decade and today 84% of women do not exceed low risk guidelines. In Britain, alcohol consumption and harmful drinking patterns among both men and women are declining, but the greatest reductions are among women.

Whilst it is important that we identify those individuals and communities that still need support to reduce alcohol-related harms, we must also recognise the encouraging social changes that are taking place.”

Portman Group Spokesman