Biggest Drinkers Are Middle Class and Over 45
Our news media is full of stories about youing people drinking too much but the really big drinkers are the middle class over 45s. This group are most likely to drink 5 nights a week and at high levels.
10 million Britons are thought to be drinking at 'hazardous' levels.
Middle aged people who are on high incomes are the most likely to drink five or more nights a week, according to the statistics.
The findings add to growing concern over middle class drinkers and the damage their habits are doing to their bodies.
Earlier this year a report by the National Audit Office, the Government watchdog, warned that 10 million Britons were now drinking to "hazardous" levels.
A survey conducted by the NHS Information Centre shows that 30 per cent of men and 19 per cent of women in the highest earning bracket admitted that they had drunk alcohol five nights or more in the previous week, twice as much as in the lowest wage bracket.
The middle aged were also much more likely than young people or thirtysomethings to drink frequently.