Why we need an effective Alcohol Strategy

This year, the Government is due to publish their Alcohol Strategy. An effective plan to reduce the harm caused by alcohol is urgently needed.

  • Every year there are more than a million alcohol-related hospital admissions in England.
  • Unless consumption changes, alcohol is set to cost the NHS £17 billion in the next five years alone.
  • In the UK, alcohol is linked to 12,800 cancer cases every year, and unless trends change, is expected to lead to 1,200,000 cancer hospital admissions and 135,000 cancer deaths in the next 20 years.
  • Liver disease deaths have increased by 400% since 1970 – now the only major cause of death in the UK which is rising. Deaths are falling across most of Europe.
  • Alcohol-related crime costs up to £11 billion a year.
  • There are almost 200,000 children living with at least one alcohol-dependent adult
  • Public Health England estimates that there are 595,000 alcohol-dependent adults in England.
  • Effective treatment brings a substantial return on investment - for every £1 spent, £3 of social return is generated.

The Alcohol Charter sets out effective and workable policies to include in the Government’s new Alcohol Strategy. It has been endorsed by over 30 organisations across the drugs and alcohol sector, and has received increasing cross-party parliamentary support.

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