'Lifestyles' publications cover a range of topics including smoking, alcohol, drug use, obesity and contraception. Some of these publications are sourced from surveys commissioned by NHS Digital, while a suite of compendia publications (indicated by "c") presents a range of data on the topic from a variety of sources, as well as new analyses carried out by NHS Digital and made available in one easy-to-use source.
Quarterly report presenting the latest results and trends from the women's smoking status at time of delivery (SATOD) data collection in England. Providing a measure of the prevalence of smoking among pregnant women at Commissioning Region, Area Team and Clinical Commissioning Group level
- * NEW * Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at time of delivery, England - Quarter 3, 2016-17
- Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at time of delivery, England - Quarter 2, 2016-17
- Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at time of delivery, England - Quarter 1, 2016-17
- Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at time of delivery, England - Quarter 4, 2015-16
Reports in the series prior to 2011-12 quarter 3 are available from the Department of Health website
Quarterly report presenting provisional results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services (NHS SSS) in England. Including information on the number of people setting a quit date and the number who successfully quit at the 4 week follow-up. Also an in depth analyses of the key measures of the service including pregnant women, breakdowns by ethnic group, socio-economic classification as well as by intervention type and setting and type of pharmacotherapy received and regional analyses at Local Authority (LA) and Region levels.
- * NEW * Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England - April 2016 to September 2016
- Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England - April 2016 to June 2016
- Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England - April 2015 to March 2016
- Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England - April 2015 to December 2015
Annual report presenting a broad picture of health issues relating to smoking in England, covering topics such as smoking prevalence, habits, behaviours and attitudes among adults and school children, smoking-related ill health and mortality and smoking-related costs.
Alcohol and Drugs
Statistical report acting as a reference point for health issues relating to alcohol use and misuse. Topics covered are drinking habits and behaviours among adults (aged 16 and over) and school children (aged 11 to 15), drinking-related ill health and mortality, affordability of alcohol, alcohol related admissions to hospital and alcohol-related costs.
Annual statistical report presenting information on drug misuse among adults and children. Including topics on Prevalence of drug misuse, including the types of drugs used; Trends in drug misuse over recent years; Patterns of drug misuse among different groups of the population; Health outcomes related to drug misuse including hospital admissions, drug treatment and number of deaths.
Annual statistical report presenting a range of information on obesity, physical activity and diet, drawn together from a variety of sources. Topics covered include, Overweight and obesity prevalence among adults and children; Physical activity levels among adults and children; Trends in purchases and consumption of food and drink and energy intake and Health outcomes of being overweight or obese.
Annual report summarising key findings from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) for England. This provides high-level analysis of the prevalence of 'underweight', 'healthy weight', 'overweight', 'obese' and 'overweight and obese combined' children, in Reception (typically aged 4-5 years) and Year 6 (typically aged 10-11 years), measured in state schools in England.
Sexual and Reproductive Health services include family planning services, community contraception clinics, integrated GUM and SRH services and young people's services e.g. Brook advisory centres. They provide a range of services including, but not exclusively, contraception provision and advice, sexual health treatment and advice, pregnancy related care, abortion related care, cervical screening, psychosexual therapy, PMS treatment, colposcopy services, fertility treatment and care and gynaecological treatment and care.
A contact within this report may be a clinic attendance or a contact with the service at a non-clinic venue. Non face to face contacts (e.g. by telephone) are not currently included, but it does include activity at non-clinic venues (such as home visits / outreach).
The data includes non-English residents using services based in England.
This report excludes services provided in out-patient clinics, at community pharmacies and those provided by General Practitioners, unless otherwise stated.
Annual survey commissioned by NHS Digital, which has been carried out by the Joint Health Surveys Unit of NatCen Social Research and the Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London since 1994.
The Health Surveys for England series is designed to monitor health trends in England, and to estimate the proportion of people who have specified health conditions, and estimate the prevalence of certain risk factors and combinations of risk factors associated with these conditions.
The surveys are also used to monitor progress towards selected health targets. Each survey includes core questions and measurements (such as blood pressure, anthropometric measurements and analysis of blood and saliva samples), as well as modules of questions on specific issues that vary from year to year.
Annual survey of secondary school pupils in England in years 7 to 11 (mostly aged 11 to 15) which has been carried out since 1982. Since 2000, NatCen Social Research (NatCen) and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) carried out the survey on behalf of NHS Digital.
The report presents information on the percentage of pupils who have ever smoked, tried alcohol or taken drugs. In addition, it explores the attitudes of school children towards smoking and drinking; relationships between smoking, drinking and drug use; the links between smoking, drinking and drug use and other factors such as age, gender, ethnicity and previous truancy or exclusion.
Surveys since 1998 have included a core set of questions on smoking, drinking and drug use and, since 2000 the remainder of the questions have focused in alternate years on smoking and drinking or on drug use. The emphasis of the 2014 survey is on smoking and drinking whilst still containing information on drug use.
The National Study of Health and Wellbeing (also known as the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS)) runs every seven years and provides data on the prevalence of both treated and untreated psychiatric disorders in the English adult population (aged 16 and over). Since 1993, it has been finding out how the everyday stresses, strains and joys affect the health of people living in England.
The previous surveys were conducted in 1993 (16-64 year olds) and 2000 (16-74 year olds) by the Office for National Statistics, which covered England, Scotland and Wales. From 2007, the Survey included people aged over 16 and covered England only.
Data from this survey helps doctors and other health professionals get a clearer picture of the nation's health and wellbeing. This means they'll have the information to make the right choices for the future. This survey report will provide detailed information and analyses on the prevalence of both treated and untreated psychiatric disorders in the adult population.
Organisations using the survey data include central government departments and local government, as well as researchers and third-sector organisations. Data are used in policy development, in planning services and in monitoring trends and changes in the nation's health and wellbeing.
Health and Wellbeing of 15 year olds in England: Findings from the What About YOUth? Survey 2014.
What About YOUth? 2014 (WAY 2014) is a newly-established survey designed to collect robust local authority (LA) level data on a range of health behaviours amongst 15 year-olds.
NHS Digital was commissioned by the Department of Health to run the survey in direct response to the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum. This Forum identified gaps in the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) and other key health behaviour measures relating to young people. NHS Digital contracted Ipsos MORI to carry out the survey.
WAY 2014 is the first survey to be conducted of its kind and it is hoped that the survey will be repeated in order to form a time series of comparable data on a range of indicators for 15 year-olds across England.
Data has been collected on topics including, smoking, general health, diet, use of free time, physical activity, drinking, emotional wellbeing, drugs and bullying. This is ground-breaking for LAs as new data will become available to better inform local policy making.
The Infant Feeding Survey (IFS) has been conducted every five years since 1975 and was last carried out in 2010 by IFF Research with Professor Mary Renfrew of the University of Dundee on behalf of NHS Digital. It investigates variations in feeding practices among different socio-demographic groups and establishes the age at which solid foods are introduced and examines practices associated with introducing solid foods for infants up to 9 months old.
A number of new questions were added to the survey in 2010, covering a range of topics including the Healthy Start scheme (a means-tested voucher scheme for pregnant women or mothers with children under 4 years old to help with basic food items), how mothers who had multiple births fed their babies, whether babies were full term or premature, as well as further exploration of the types of problems mothers may have experienced while breastfeeding.
*** How are you as spring begins? ***
Dry January is long past and you may have rewarded yourself with a tipple in February but hopefully taking a month off has made you consider, and perhaps reduce the amount of alcohol you consume.
Public Health England's 'One You' campaign has been looking at how easy it can be for the occasional glass of something alcoholic to quickly become 2 or 3 glasses most days. Men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week. This is the same as 6 pints of average strength beer a week. Regularly drinking more than this can increase the risk to your health.
The latest Statistics on Alcohol - England 2016 presents a range of information drawn together from a variety of sources, with findings showing that in 2014 28.9 million people in Britain reported drinking alcohol in the previous week (58% of the population) while 2.5 million people reported drinking more than 14 units of alcohol on their heaviest drinking day.
Read NHS Digital's latest report on alcohol statistics.
Our next report on alcohol statistics is scheduled for release in May 2017.
- In 2015, 58 per cent of women and 68 per cent of men were overweight or obese
- Obesity prevalence increased from 15 per cent in 1993 to 27 per cent in 2015
- In 2015/16 there were 525 thousand admissions in NHS hospitals where obesity was a factor
- In 2015/16, there were 6,438 Finished Consultant Episodes (FCE's) in NHS hospitals with a primary diagnosis of obesity and a main or secondary procedure of bariatric surgery
- 26 per cent of adults ate the recommended 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day in 2015. Women (27 per cent) were more likely to do so than men (24 per cent)
- In 2015/16, 26 per cent of adults were classified as inactive (fewer than 30 minutes physical activity a week)
- In 2015/16 there were 8,621 hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of drug-related mental health and behavioural disorders. This is 6 per cent more than 2014/15 and 11 per cent higher than 2005/06
- In 2015 there were 2,479 registered deaths related to drug misuse. This is an increase of 10 per cent on 2014 and 48 per cent higher than 2005
- In 2015/16, around 1 in 12 (8.4 per cent) adults aged 16 to 59 had taken an illicit drug in the last year. This equates to around 2.7 million people
- In 2014, 15 per cent of pupils had ever taken drugs, 10 per cent had taken drugs in the last year and 6 per cent had taken drugs in the last month
- Yorkshire and the Humber had the highest proportion of successful quitters (59 per cent), whilst the South West had the lowest proportion (44 per cent).
- Of the 149 local authorities who submitted data, City of Kingston upon Hull had the highest proportion of successful quitters (82 per cent) followed by Warrington (76 per cent). Havering had the lowest proportion (18 per cent although this was out of only 22 quit attempts) with Cumbria having the next lowest (26 per cent).
- The prevalence of adult cigarette smoking has fallen from 28 per cent in 1998 to 18 per cent in 2015
- In 2015 over a quarter of adults (27 per cent) were obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30kg/m2 or higher
- In 2015, 28 per cent of children aged 2 to 15 were either overweight (14 per cent) or obese (14 per cent)
- 18 per cent of children from households in the lowest income quintile were obese, compared with 9 per cent of children living in households in the highest income quintile.
- 16 per cent of children aged 8 to 15 reported ever having an alcoholic drink. This is the lowest level ever reported since the HSE began, down from the highest point of 45 per cent in 2003
* National Child Measurement Programme report 2015/16 released 3 November 2016 *
- Over a fifth of reception children were overweight or obese. In year 6 it was over a third
- The prevalence of obesity has increased since 2014/15 in both reception and year 6
- Obesity prevalence was higher for boys than girls in both age groups
- Obesity prevalence for children living in the most deprived areas in both age groups was more than double that of those living in the least deprived areas
- View National Child Measurement Programme, England - 2015-16 for more information.
- National Child Measurement Programme
- Women's Smoking Status at time of delivery
- NHS Stop Smoking Services Collection
- Sexual and Reproductive Health Services