Wales

ONS figures show Wales has lowest frequent drinkers

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Image caption Eight percent said that had drunk on five or more days in the last week

The proportion of people who drink alcohol frequently is lower in Wales than any region of England or Scotland.

A survey of 13,000 people aged over 16 showed 8% of people in Wales said they had drunk alcohol on five or more days in the last week.

That compared to an average of 11% across Wales, England and Scotland.

In the South West of England, 17% of adults said they had drunk alcohol on five or more days in the past week - twice the proportion of those in Wales.

The ONS survey found that 55% of people in Wales said they had drunk alcohol at least once in the last week - again lower than the average for Great Britain of 58%, however London had the lowest proportion of drinkers at 51%.

Overall, across the three countries, there has been a marked fall in frequent drinking between 2005 and 2012.

In young people, the proportion has halved in men aged between 16 and 24 to 5% and fallen from 5% to 2% in young women.

Over the seven years from 2005, the proportion of British adults who drank frequently has declined from 22% to 14% of men and from 13% to 9% percent of women over the seven year period.

People aged 65 and over were most likely to have drunk frequently.

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