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Peer pressure blamed for excessive drinking

The Department of Health (DH) has published the results of a survey into the drinking habits of more than 2,000 English adults.

The survey found that 22% of respondents have drunk more alcohol than they planned because of peer pressure. 39% stated that they made up an excuse or lied to avoid another drink.

However, the survey also noted that these steps may be unnecessary because the survey also found that:

The DH has also issued the following advice to those wanting to drink less:

Action: Clinicians may find this information useful when advising patients on strategies to reduce alcohol consumption. The results of this survey indicate that peer pressure to drink is more of an internal pressure than an external one.