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Source: World Health Organisation (WHO)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Litres of pure alcohol

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available
Indicator description
Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Litres of pure alcohol

Definitions

Total alcohol per capita consumption (APC) is defined as the total (sum of recorded and unrecorded alcohol) amount of alcohol consumed per person (15 years of age or older) over a calendar year, in litres of pure alcohol, adjusted for tourist consumption. The estimates for the total alcohol consumption are produced by summing up the 3-year average per capita (15+) recorded alcohol consumption and an estimate of per capita (15+) unrecorded alcohol consumption for a calendar year.Tourist consumption takes into account tourists visiting the country and inhabitants visiting other countries.

Recorded alcohol consumption per capita (APC) is defined as the recorded amount of alcohol consumed per capita (15+ years) over a calendar year in a country, in litres of pure alcohol. The indicator only takes into account the consumption which is recorded from production, import, export, and sales data often via taxation. Numerator - The amount of recorded alcohol consumed per capita (15+ years) during a calendar year, in litres of pure alcohol. Denominator - Midyear resident population (15+ years) for the same calendar year, UN World Population Prospects, medium variant.

Unrecorded APC is defined as the unrecorded amount of alcohol consumed per adult (15+ years) in litres of pure alcohol. Unrecorded consumption refers to alcohol which is not taxed and is outside the usual system of governmental control, such as home or informally produced alcohol (legal or illegal), smuggled alcohol, surrogate alcohol (which is alcohol not intended for human consumption), or alcohol obtained through cross-border shopping (which is recorded in a different jurisdiction). Numerator - The amount of unrecorded alcohol consumed per adult (15+ years) during a calendar year, in litres of pure alcohol. Denominator - Midyear resident population (15+ years) for the same calendar year, UN World Population Prospects, medium variant. The three-year average of unrecorded APC is presented.

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Recorded alcohol per capita (15+) consumption of pure alcohol is calculated as the sum of beverage-specific alcohol consumption of pure alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, other). In order to make the conversion into litres of pure alcohol, if beverage volumes are not available in litres of pure alcohol, the alcohol content (% alcohol by volume) is considered to be as follows - Beer (barley beer 5%), Wine (grape wine 12%, must of grape 9%, vermouth 16%), Spirits (distilled spirits 40%, spirit-like 30%), and Other (sorghum, millet, maize beers 5%, cider 5%, fortified wine 17% and 18%, fermented wheat and fermented rice 9%, and other fermented beverages 9%).

Unrecorded alcohol consumption in litres of pure alcohol is estimated as a percentage of total alcohol per capita consumption in the population 15 years of age and older. Country–level proportions of unrecorded alcohol consumption are estimated using a regression analysis. The three-year average of unrecorded APC is presented.

Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has not been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 08 October 2021
Metadata last updated 08 October 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Alcohol per capita consumption (aged 15 years and older) within a calendar year in litres of pure alcohol

Target name

Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

World Health Organisation (WHO)

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Source 1

Organisation

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

1961

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date 29 April 2021
Next release

not stated

Statistical classification

Non-Official

Contact details

msb@who.int

Other information

Source 2

Organisation

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Periodicity

Periodic

Earliest available data

2000

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date 11 June 2021
Next release

not stated

Statistical classification

Non-Official

Contact details

msb@who.int

Other information

Source 3

Organisation

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Periodicity

Periodic

Earliest available data

2019

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date 29 April 2021
Next release

not stated

Statistical classification

Non-Official

Contact details

msb@who.int

Other information