Current advice on drinking is that men should not regularly drink more than three to four units of alcohol and women should not regularly drink more than two to three units.
The General Household Survey (GHS) 2007 report shows that 37% of adults exceeded the benchmark and 20% of adults consumed more than double the benchmark on their heaviest drinking day of the week.
RCN general secretary Peter Carter said: ‘It is concerning to see that excessive drinking continues to be a widespread problem despite increasing awareness about its health implications.
‘Alcohol misuse is an issue that nurses deal with first hand everyday and is a major social concern,’ he said. ‘Nurses know that alcohol labelling, sales and advertising need to be properly regulated. This must be combined with campaigns that educate the public about the dangers of binge drinking.’