The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has warned that Britain’s health system is still lagging behind many other developed countries in terms of our high rates of smoking, obesity and binge drinking.
Following the results of the Health At A Glance 2015 Indicators For Alcohol Report, they have emphasised that ‘urgent attention’ is needed as Britain is struggling to make progress on reducing its rates of binge drinking.
When it comes to liters-per-adult, alcohol consumption in the UK has decreased slightly between 2000 and 2013 but it still remained above the OECD average. The report also found that the heaviest drinking 20% of the population consume an incredible two-thirds of all alcohol. This means that the UK ranks in the worst 10 OECD countries for harmful and hazardous consumption.
When questioned about possible tactics to help improve this, the authors suggestions include offering counselling to ‘risky’ drinkers and introducing tax and price interventions which would help to reduce how much alcohol people are consuming.
Backing up these suggestions, Mark Pearson who is Head of Health Policy at the OECD commented:
“Other countries are improving but the UK is struggling to make similar progress. We are far too fat, our smoking is no better than average and we are also very good at binge drinking. The evidence is clear that taxes on smoking and alcohol do work.”
What’s more concerning is that just last year health experts feared that people are actually underestimating their alcohol intake by an incredible 40-60% which means that this problems could be even worse than the figures suggest.
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