As the cost of alcohol on society reaches a whopping £21billion, this year’s Alcohol Awareness Week is aiming to get people thinking about how it affects individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. Here we highlight some of the most shocking statistics about how alcohol abuse is affecting the UK.
More than 9 million people in the UK regularly drink more than the recommended daily limits
Alcohol accounts for 10% of the burden of disease and death, making it one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death in the UK
The most effective way to reduce alcohol-related harm is by increasing the price. This is followed by restricting the physical availability of alcohol, using drink-driving counter measures, having brief interventions with at-risk drinkers and offering treatment for drinkers who are dependent
Despite regular price increases, believe it or not, alcohol is actually 61% more affordable now than it was in 1980
Alcohol is a casual factor in more than 60 different medical conditions including mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancer, high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver and depression
In the UK in 2012-13, there were more than one million hospital admissions related to alcohol consumption
Alcohol costs the NHS an incredible £3.5billion per year
Deaths from liver disease have risen by 20% in a decade and have now reached record levels
The number of people aged between 60 and 74 who have been admitted to hospitals in England with mental and behavioural issues that are associated with alcohol has risen by more than 150% in the past ten years. The figure for 15-59 year-olds has increased by 94%
If you think that you or someone you know could have a problem with alcohol, please feel free to visit our Alcohol Awareness Treatment and Rehabilitation page for more information about the signs, symptoms and treatments that are available.