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Table 5 Prevalence of heavy episodic drinking: percentage exceeding each threshold on the heaviest day in the past week, 2008–2013 (95 % CIs)

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

  Sample size 48 g+/64 g+ 96 g+/128 g+ 144 g+/192 g+ 192 g+/256 g+
All 51498 18.3 (17.9–18.6) 6.9 (6.6–7.1) 2.3 (2.1–2.4) 0.8 (0.7–0.9)
Equivalised household income quintile
  > £49,000 8879 23.6 (22.5–24.6) 8.0 (7.4–8.7) 2.3 (2.0–2.7) 0.8 (0.6–1.0)
 £29,000–£49,000 8750 21.1 (20.2–22.0) 7.6 (7.0–8.2) 2.4 (2.0–2.8) 0.8 (0.6–1.1)
 £19,500–£29,900 8080 17.2 (16.3–18.0) 6.4 (5.8–6.9) 2.2 (1.9–2.6) 0.7 (0.5–0.9)
 £12,800–£19,500 8140 14.7 (13.9–15.5) 6.1 (5.5–6.6) 2.1 (1.7–2.4) 0.7 (0.5–0.9)
  < £12,800 7268 14.3 (13.5–15.1) 6.1 (5.6–6.7) 2.2 (1.9–2.6) 0.8 (0.6–1.0)
Highest qualification
 Degree 17479 20.0 (19.4–20.7) 6.7 (6.3–7.1) 2.0 (1.8–2.3) 0.6 (0.5–0.7)
 A-level 7413 24.4 (23.3–25.5) 10.8 (10.0–11.6) 3.6 (3.2–4.1) 0.8 (0.7–1.1)
 GCSE 13011 20.3 (19.5–21.0) 8.1 (7.6–8.6) 2.8 (2.5–3.1) 0.9 (0.8–1.1)
 Other 870 6.2 (4.7–8.1) 1.7 (1.0–2.9) 0.3 (0.1–1.2) 0.0 (0.0–0.5)
 None 12725 9.6 (9.1–10.2) 3.4 (3.0–3.7) 1.3 (1.1–1.5) 0.4 (0.3–0.5)
Occupation
 Higher managerial 8213 20.0 (19.1–21.0) 6.3 (5.7–6.9) 1.8 (1.4–2.1) 0.6 (0.4–0.9)
 Lower managerial 12600 20.2 (19.5–21.0) 6.8 (6.3–7.3) 2.1 (1.9–2.5) 0.6 (0.4–0.7)
 Intermediate 5197 17.8 (16.6–19.0) 7.0 (6.2–7.8) 2.1 (1.7–2.6) 0.6 (0.4–0.9)
 Small employer/own account 5535 17.8 (16.7–18.9) 6.6 (5.9–7.3) 2.4 (1.9–2.8) 0.9 (0.6–1.2)
 Lower supervisory/technical 4783 18.0 (16.8–19.2) 7.9 (7.1–8.8) 2.7 (2.2–3.2) 1.1 (0.8–1.5)
 Semi-routine 7233 15.4 (14.5–16.4) 6.4 (5.8–7.1) 2.4 (2.0–2.9) 0.9 (0.7–1.2)
 Routine 6491 16.5 (15.5–17.5) 7.3 (6.6–8.0) 2.6 (2.2–3.1) 0.9 (0.7–1.2)
 Long-term unemployed 1011 9.3 (7.6–11.5) 3.6 (2.6–5.0) 1.9 (1.2–2.9) 0.8 (0.4–1.5)
 Other 435 29.4 (24.9–34.3) 16.5 (13.1–20.7) 4.6 (2.9–7.4) 1.0 (0.4–2.7)
Neighbourhood deprivation quintile
 1 (least deprived) 11106 17.7 (17.0–18.5) 5.7 (5.2–6.2) 1.6 (1.4–1.9) 0.5 (0.4–0.7)
 2 10682 19.6 (18.8–20.5) 7.0 (6.5–7.6) 2.0 (1.7–2.3) 0.6 (0.5–0.8)
 3 10538 18.9 (18.1–19.7) 7.0 (6.5–7.6) 2.3 (2.0–2.7) 0.7 (0.6–1.0)
 4 9864 18.1 (17.2–18.9) 7.6 (7.0–8.2) 2.7 (2.4–3.1) 1.0 (0.8–1.2)
 5 (most deprived) 9308 16.8 (16.0–17.6) 7.2 (6.6–7.8) 2.9 (2.5–3.3) 1.0 (0.8–1.3)
  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