Two main sources of data are used in this section to describe local patterns of alcohol consumption – LAPE modelled estimates and results from the 2015 Hackney resident health and wellbeing survey (involving a sample size of 1,009 residents age 16+), which included a set of questions based on the AUDIT-C tool. 1 2

As mentioned in Definitions section, LAPE uses number of units only and distinguishes between ‘increasing’ and ‘high’ risk, while AUDIT-C groups these categories together into ‘high risk’ and uses other information as well as number of units.

When reviewing the data presented in this section it is important to note, as highlighted in the Definitions section, that both the LAPE and AUDIT-C data are likely to underestimate the number and proportion of people drinking at increasing (and high) risk levels based on the latest guidelines.

This section is structured around the following areas:

Local data on drinking patterns

National estimates of drinking behaviour 

Alcohol-related ambulance call-outs and hospital admissions

Unmet need



  1. Centre for Public Health, “Topography of Drinking Behaviours in England,” 2011.
  2. Ipsos MORI, “Health and Wellbeing in Hackney: Survey Report for Hackney Council,” 2015.