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Alcohol

Volume 711: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people attend accident and emergency departments on Friday and Saturday nights with alcohol-related problems; and how that figure compares with other weekdays. [HL3684]

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many reported cases of domestic violence involve one or other party having drunk alcohol. [HL3685]

The British Crime Survey 2007-08 reports that 37 per cent of domestic violence incidents involve offenders who are perceived to be under the influence of alcohol.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of the population that regularly exceeds the Department of Health's recommended daily limit for alcohol consumption. [HL3687]

The department bases estimates of increasing risk and higher risk drinking on average weekly consumption as the nearest proxy for regular drinking in the adult population. This shows compliance or not with government lower-risk guidelines (not regularly drinking more than two to three units daily, equivalent to no more than 14 units weekly, for women; three to four units daily, equivalent to no more than 21 units weekly, for men).

The General Household Survey 2008, using 2006 data, reported that 31 per cent of men and 20 per cent of women reported drinking above lower-risk limits.