LONDON, July 2 (UPI) — People in Britain are drinking more and putting on more weight but smoking less and living longer on average than they did 40 years ago, a report says.
The Social Trends report was issued by the Office for National Statistics, which has been collecting statistical data on the British people since the 1970s, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday.
In that time, life expectancy increased by nearly 10 years for men, who are living to an average 77.8 years old, and seven years for women, who live on average until they are 82.
And while one in five men and one in seven women more than 16 drinks twice the recommended daily allowance of alcohol once a week, the number of heavy smokers has decreased, the report says.
“Health is undoubtedly an important indicator and life expectancy is a good indicator of the national health,” said Matthew Hughes, editor of Social Trends 40.
The statistics show many social changes in the last 40 years, Hughes said.
“We are now living longer, less of us get married, and household sizes are smaller,” he said.
“It is interesting that more than two thirds of people aged 18 and over in Great Britain believe that they do not need a partner to be happy and fulfilled in life,” Hughes said.
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