By Max Clarke
The General Lifestyle Survey 2009 was published today by the Office for national Statistics. The survey of over 13,488 adults from across the UK
Smoking is nearly twice as common among adults in routine and manual occupation groups as it is in managerial and professional groups. In households classified as routine and manual, 29 per cent of adults smoked cigarettes, compared to 15 per cent of adults in managerial and professional households.
In contrast, when it comes to drinking, managers and professionals have a higher weekly alcohol intake than routine and manual workers. Average weekly alcohol consumption was 13.5 units for adults in households classified as managerial and professional and 10.7 units for adults in routine and manual households.
Managerial professionals were also more likely to engage in heavy drinking (consuming over 6 units for women and 8 for men) than those in more routine professions- some 23% of men and 15% of women drank on at least one day in the previous week, compared to 19 per cent of men and 11 per cent
Other findings from the survey show that the prevalence of hand-rolled cigarettes has mushroomed; from 2% of women and 18% of men in 1990, to 21 and 37% respectively in 2009.