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Table 2 Prevalence of heavy weekly drinking: percentage exceeding each threshold during a typical week, 2011–2013 (95 % CIs)

From: Unravelling the alcohol harm paradox: a population-based study of social gradients across very heavy drinking thresholds

  Sample size 112 g+/168 g+ 280 g+/400 g+ 480 g+/640 g+ 680 g+/880 g+
All 24409 20.9 (20.4–21.5) 4.5 (4.2–4.8) 1.5 (1.3–1.6) 0.6 (0.5–0.7)
Equivalised household income quintile
  > £49,000 4056 27.3 (25.9–28.8) 5.1 (4.4–5.8) 1.4 (1.0–1.8) 0.5 (0.3–0.7)
 £29,000–£49,000 4201 24.2 (22.8–25.5) 4.4 (3.7–5.0) 1.4 (1.0–1.8) 0.5 (0.2–0.7)
 £19,500–£29,900 3816 19.7 (18.5–21.0) 4.3 (3.7–4.9) 1.3 (0.9–1.7) 0.6 (0.3–0.8)
 £12,800–£19,500 3822 17.3 (16.1–18.5) 4.3 (3.7–4.9) 1.5 (1.1–1.9) 0.6 (0.4–0.9)
  < £12,800 3532 15.6 (14.4–16.9) 4.4 (3.7–5.2) 1.7 (1.2–2.2) 0.8 (0.5–1.1)
Highest qualification
 Degree 8855 23.2 (22.2–24.1) 4.2 (3.8–4.7) 1.3 (1.0–1.5) 0.5 (0.4–0.7)
 A-level 3554 23.8 (22.4–25.4) 4.9 (4.2–5.7) 1.6 (1.2–2.1) 0.6 (0.4–1.0)
 GCSE 5873 21.7 (20.6–22.9) 5.3 (4.7–5.9) 1.8 (1.5–2.2) 0.8 (0.6–1.1)
 Other 386 16.3 (12.9–20.4) 2.3 (1.2–4.4) 0.3 (0.0–1.9) 0.0 (0.0–1.2)
 None 5741 14.2 (13.2–15.2) 4.0 (3.5–4.6) 1.4 (1.1–1.8) 0.5 (0.4–0.8)
Occupation
 Higher managerial 4067 25.7 (24.2–27.1) 4.1 (3.5–4.7) 1.2 (0.9–1.6) 0.4 (0.2–0.7)
 Lower managerial 5829 23.2 (22.0–24.4) 4.4 (3.8–5.0) 1.3 (1.0–1.7) 0.5 (0.3–0.7)
 Intermediate 2720 20.2 (18.7–21.9) 5.0 (4.2–5.9) 1.5 (1.1–2.1) 0.7 (0.4–1.1)
 Small employer/own account 2570 22.0 (20.4–23.8) 5.2 (4.4–6.2) 1.6 (1.1–2.2) 0.7 (0.4–1.1)
 Lower supervisory/technical 2020 21.3 (19.5–23.3) 4.4 (3.5–5.4) 1.4 (1.0–2.1) 0.5 (0.3–1.0)
 Semi-routine 3505 15.0 (13.8–16.3) 3.7 (3.1–4.5) 1.7 (1.2–2.2) 0.8 (0.5–1.3)
 Routine 2960 17.5 (16.1–19.0) 5.1 (4.4–6.0) 1.9 (1.4–2.5) 0.8 (0.5–1.2)
 Long-term unemployed 500 9.8 (7.3–13.1) 3.3 (2.0–5.4) 1.2 (0.5–2.7) 1.1 (0.4–2.6)
 Other 238 23.4 (18.2–29.6) 7.2 (4.5–11.5) 1.3 (0.3–5.1) 0.7 (0.1–4.5)
Neighbourhood deprivation quintile
 1 (least deprived) 5128 23.8 (22.6–25.0) 4.9 (4.3–5.6) 1.2 (0.9–1.5) 0.5 (0.3–0.7)
 2 5199 23.8 (22.6–25.0) 4.6 (4.0–5.2) 1.3 (1.0–1.7) 0.6 (0.4–0.9)
 3 5101 20.9 (19.7–22.1) 4.2 (3.7–4.8) 1.4 (1.1–1.8) 0.4 (0.3–0.7)
 4 4596 18.5 (17.4–19.7) 4.5 (3.9–5.2) 1.7 (1.3–2.2) 0.7 (0.4–1.0)
 5 (most deprived) 4385 17.0 (15.8–18.2) 4.3 (3.7–5.0) 1.9 (1.5–2.4) 0.9 (0.7–1.3)
  1. The income brackets for equivalised household income qunitile are for the 2013 survey
  2. The sample size column is unweighted, while prevalence percentages have been calculated using post-stratification survey weights
  3. Thresholds are grams of pure alcohol per week for women/men