One-in-five men and one-in-seven women over 16 drink more than double the recommended daily allowance of alcohol once a week, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) The 30th edition of the organisation’s Social Trends report also found that the number of alcohol-related deaths doubled between 1991 and 2008 – with 9,031 deaths in comparison to 4,144. Between 1991 and 2008 the greatest increases in alcohol related deaths in the UK were among the middle-aged population. Deaths among those aged 35 to 54 more than doubled from 1,466 in 1991 to 3,814 in 2008 - while deaths among those aged 55 to 74 rose from 1,969 to 4,101 over the same period - an increase of 108%. The ONS said that alcohol-related death rates were highest among the 55 to 74 age group among men and women, 45.8 per 100,000 men and 21.5 per 100,000 women respectively in 2008. Chris Sorek, chief executive of Drinkaware, said the recently released statistics showed that people were binge drinking – drinking twice the recommended daily limit – more often than they thought. He said: “You don’t have to be dependent on alcohol to be drinking at levels that put your health at risk. Over one in five men and one in seven women are technically binge drinking at least once a week, probably without even realising. “Drinking more than double the daily unit guidelines – equivalent to more than two glasses of wine if you’re a woman and three pints of beer if you’re a man - is bingeing and regularly drinking at this level can increase the chances of developing serious health conditions like liver damage, some cancers and depression.” He added: “Making sure people know the effects of regularly drinking to excess is an important part of changing people’s attitudes and behaviours towards alcohol. “Providing people with tips and advice on how to cut down also goes a long way to tackling our binge drinking culture. Keeping tabs on units and spacing alcoholic drinks with soft drinks or water alone won’t solve the problem, but will help people cut back.”