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Data Provider: Welsh Government Percentage of children who 'never' or 'rarely' drink alcohol - Health and well-being measures for children for the National Indicators
Health Behaviour[Filtered]
[Collapse]Never or rarely drink alcohol
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Year 719015,614
Year 818315,549
Year 916715,618
Year 1014513,455
Year 1111812,622
Low Family Affluence1698,034
Medium Family Affluence16425,438
High Family Affluence15835,665


Health and well-being measures for children for the National Indicators

Last update
September 2019 September 2019

Next update

Publishing organisation
Welsh Government

Source 1
Health Behaviours in School-aged Children (HSBC)

Source 2
Schools Health Research Network

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Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Geographical coverage

Languages covered
English and Welsh

Data licensing
You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see

General description
The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 is about improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales. The Act places a legal requirement on Welsh Ministers to set national indicators for the purpose of measuring progress towards the achievement of the well-being goals.

The HBSC composite measure included in the data table has been laid as one of the national indicators for the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and will use the percentage of children who have fewer than two healthy lifestyle behaviours (not smoking, eating fruit daily or vegetables daily, never or rarely drink, physically active for an hour everyday) and the individual lifestyle behaviours will be used as contextual indicators.

Data collection and calculation
The HBSC is a school based survey, data are collected through self-completion questionnaires administered in the classroom. Survey questions cover a range of health indicators and health related behaviours as well as the life circumstances of young people. Further information on data collection and calculation can be found in the related statistical publication, as per given weblink.

Data reference periods
2013/14, 2017/18

Statistical quality
Further information on quality and methods can be found in the related statistical publication, as per the given weblink.

National Indicator, Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Survey, HBSC, Alcohol, Smoking, Fruit or Vegetable, Physical Activity, Lifestyle Behaviours