In addition to local data collected via surveys, estimates of drinking behaviour in resident adults (age 16+) are available via the LAPE resource, which enables comparisons to be made between different areas (see Comparisons with other areas section). 2 This includes specific estimates of ‘increasing risk’ drinkers. As noted previously, this source uses a different definition to identify these ‘increasing risk’ drinkers (see Definitions section) and so direct comparisons are not possible.

Figure 4 presents estimates of drinking behaviour among residents age 16+ in the City of London and Hackney.  These data suggest that 22% of City of London adult residents and 14% of Hackney adult residents are increasing risk drinkers; and 7-8% are higher risk drinkers.  These proportions equate to approximately 1,600 City of London and 23,000 Hackney adult residents drinking at increasing risk levels, and around 12,000 (Hackney) and almost 600 (City) drinking at higher risk levels (see Table 1). However, the wide confidence intervals suggest that there is significant statistical uncertainty around some of these estimates.

A significantly smaller percentage of people abstain from alcohol in the City of London compared to Hackney. Around fifty percent of the population in both localities are lower risk. Around eight percent of the population in both localities are higher risk drinkers.
Figure 4: LAPE estimates of drinking behaviour in the local adult resident population of Hackney and the City (age 16+, 2011)

Source: Local Alcohol Profiles England (LAPE) (2011)

Table 1: Estimated number of adult resident drinkers in Hackney and the City, by behaviour group (age 16+, 2011)

  Abstain Lower risk Increasing risk Higher risk
City of London 1,400 3,661 1,622 574
Hackney 53,979 74,618 23,054 11,680

Source: Local Alcohol Profiles England (LAPE) (2011)

LAPE also provide estimates of binge drinking. Figure 5 shows that an estimated 13% of Hackney adult residents binge drink, which is significantly lower than the estimated 25% of City of London adult residents.

Thirteen percent in Hackney and twenty-five percent in the City of London
Figure 5: Estimated level of binge drinking in adults (age 16+)

Source: Local Alcohol Profiles England (LAPE) (2013). Modelled estimates based on Health Survey for England (2007-08).

Notes: Binge drinking in adults is defined separately for men and women. Men are defined as having indulged in binge drinking if they had consumed 8 or more units of alcohol on the heaviest drinking day in the previous seven days; for women the cut-off was 6 or more units of alcohol.

References

  1. Centre for Public Health, “Topography of Drinking Behaviours in England,” 2011.
  2. Centre for Public Health, “Topography of Drinking Behaviours in England,” 2011.