The working class and young are often vilified for being deviant but increasing research identifies that the middle class are drinking more:
- In Great Britain, 57.0% of Opinions and Lifestyle Survey respondents aged 16 years and over in 2017 drank alcohol, which equates to 29.2 million people in the population.
- Young people aged 16 to 24 years in Great Britain are less likely to drink than any other age group; when they do drink, consumption on their heaviest drinking day tends to be higher than other ages.
- 20.4% of survey respondents reported that they did not drink alcohol at all.
- England had the highest proportion of adults who said they drank alcohol in the previous week (57.8%), followed by Scotland (53.5%) and then Wales (50.0%); of the English regions, among consumers of alcohol, binge drinking was more common in the North West and least common in the South East.
- People working in managerial and professional occupations, in addition to the highest earners, were most likely to say they drank alcohol in the past week.