So day 4 (you can read day 1 here, 2 here and 3 here) and now we turn to the real meat of the Drinkline data – alcohol consumption, frequency of use and caller concerns.
Alcohol Consumption and Frequency of Use (1/2)
Of the callers who disclosed the number of units consumed in July, 85% of all callers stated that they drink over 15 units when they drink. 74% of callers this month stated that they drink alcohol every day, 14% of callers drink most days of the week and 7% drink twice a week. 2% of callers this month disclosed that they either drink once a week or less than once a week.
- 74% of callers drink every day
- 14% of callers drink most days of the week
- 7% of callers drink twice a week
- 2% of callers drink once a week
- 2% of callers drink less than once a week.
When broken down by frequency of consumption for each caller, 75% of people in July stated that they drank over 20 units of alcohol every day. 74% of callers who drink between 15 and 20 units revealed this month that they drink this amount daily. Similarly to June, nobody who contacted the service in July said they drank less than 4 units of alcohol.
Topics Discussed (Top 10)
As was the case with topics discussed in June, most people calling about themselves discussed their own physical health in July (33%) and the majority of concerned others wanted to discuss the implications of alcohol use on their family (37%). 21% of individuals discussed family this month and 13% discussed relationships. 22% of concerned others discussed physical health and 19% discussed relationships. The top 3 topics discussed across both individuals and concerned others have not changed when compared with last month.
So the primary concerns were health and social implications and this remains the trend.
What shocked me about the consumption data was that the majority were drinking over 15-20 units every day. This is a heavy psychological dependence or a probable physical dependence, requiring medical detox support. And 50% of these are in full time employment so quite possibly getting into their cars and driving to work. Just like I used to ……
Are you surprised by this data like I was?