Headlines: December 3rd, 1999

New statistics from the 1998 General Household Survey will inform public and health service delivery with the latest information about how people in Britain live.Yvette Cooper, Minister for Public Health, says the results from the survey will be used to judge the success of initiatives to cut adult smoking.

The figures show that 28 per cent of men and 26 per cent of women still smoke, though this is a slight reduction on the previous survey two years earlier.

Seventy per cent want to give up, recognising that smoking is still the single greatest cause of preventable illness and premature death.

The survey also shows that 38 per cent of men and 21 per cent of women had drunk more than the recommended daily allowance of alcohol on at least one day in the week before they were interviewed.

The first data from “Living in Britain: Preliminary results from the 1998 General Household Survey” is available from the Office of National Statistics at www.ons.gov.uk