As alluded to in the Causes and risk factors section, there are clear differences in drinking behaviours by gender. According to the Hackney resident health and wellbeing survey, men in Hackney are more likely to be high risk drinkers than women, based on calculated survey AUDIT-C scores (Figure 8). Men are also more likely to report that they drink over perceived safe levels (Table 5).  Female drinkers were more likely to say they are non-drinkers on average.

Despite these gender differences in alcohol consumption patterns, self-reported awareness of the national recommendations for safe alcohol consumption is exactly the same for men and women in this survey (Table 6).

Thirty-five percent of males and nineteen percent of females are identified as high risk drinkers
Figure 8: Reported drinking behaviour of Hackney adult residents based on AUDIT-C score, by gender (age 16+, 2015)

Source: Hackney resident health and wellbeing survey (2015)

Notes: Based on a sub-sample size of 960

 

Table 5: Perceptions of drinking behaviour among Hackney adult residents, by gender (age 16+, 2015)
Men Women
Non-drinker 34% 43%
Drink within perceived safe limits 47% 47%
Drink over perceived safe limits 19% 10%

 

Source: Hackney resident health and wellbeing survey (2015)

Table 6: Self-reported awareness of CMO alcohol guidelines among Hackney adult residents, by gender (age 16+, 2015)
Men Women
Yes – aware 59% 59%
No – not aware 39% 39%
Don’t know 2% 2%

 

Source: Hackney resident health and wellbeing survey (2015)

Notes: Based on a sample size of 416 male respondents and 593 female respondents.

Please note: at the time of the survey, the previous CMO guidelines were in place and responses related to knowledge of these prior recommendations.

According the WAY survey, patterns around gender and alcohol consumption are quite different for young people in Hackney and the City, as shown in Figure 9 below. Girls aged 15 are less likely than boys to say they are non-drinkers.

Girls are more likely to drink more frequently that boys
Figure 9: Reported drinking behaviour in 15 year olds in the City of London and Hackney, by gender (2014/15)

Source: What About YOUth (WAY) survey (2014/15)

Notes: Numbers may not sum to total due to rounding.