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Londoners drink less booze than the rest of the UK

By Hayley Spencer

We might have a stellar selection of independent breweries and taprooms at our disposal, and more bars and pubs than you can shake a stick at, but it turns out us Londoners aren’t actually as boozy as you’d expect. The rest of the country is drinking us under the table, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Its annual drinking habits survey showed that only 47 percent of Londoners had drunk alcohol in the previous week, compared to the national average of 57.4 percent. And we're lagging way behind drinkers in the south-west, too, where 70.1 percent of the population had been knocking them back the week before.

The stats also show that drinking has reached its lowest level since they began recording data in 2005, with the overall proportion of adults saying they’d been teetotal the week before rising to four out of ten.

According to the stats, 16-24 year-olds are the least likely to drink, though the most likely to binge. The most common choice of tipple for women is wine, while for blokes it’s beer. Good to know we’re all living up to boozy stereotypes, then.

If you’re part of the 47 percent who do booze, here are the best places in London to do it:

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