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Socioeconomic groups

This factsheet focuses on the relationship between the employment status and income earnings of those who drink, the amount of, and the frequency with which alcohol is drunk. Official survey figures indicate that although the proportion of people who drink regularly has fallen slightly in the last few years, the proportion of those who drink heavily (above recommended guidelines) has risen, especially among those in work.

Among employed people, recent years' data suggest that managerial types and people of senior professional rank in the highest income bracket are most likely to drink often and above recommended limits during the week, but also that the negative health effects of alcohol consumption are worst felt among the unemployed and routine/manual workers on the lowest incomes. This demonstrates that the relationship between socioeconomic groups and alcohol consumption is more complex than it may initially appear.

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