Regular drinking habit comes with age

PEOPLE over 45 are three times more likely to drink almost every day as those who are younger, according to new figures.

Some 13 per cent of adults over 45 drink almost every day compared with 4 per cent of those under 45, Office for National Statistics’ data shows.

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And as people get older they tend to drink more – with over a fifth of men aged 65 and over drinking almost every day compared with just 3 per cent of men aged 16 to 24.

Among women, 12 per cent of over-65s consume alcohol almost every day compared with just 1 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds.

However, the survey, of more than 13,000 adults in 2010, found younger people were more likely to binge drink.