Alcoholic Drinks: Consumption:Written question - 211276

Q
(Leicester South)
Asked on: 22 January 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Alcoholic Drinks: Consumption
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on public health of alcohol consumption in England.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 30 January 2019

In 2016, Public Health England published its alcohol evidence review which found that since 1980, sales of alcohol in England and Wales increased by 42%, from roughly 400 million litres in the early 1980s, peaked at 567 million litres in 2008 and then declined.

The review found that alcohol-related harms have increased in recent years, and that there are now over one million alcohol-related hospital admissions each year, half of which are people from the lowest socio-economic groups. Alcohol-related deaths have also increased, particularly for liver disease which has increased by 400%, since 1970.

The alcohol evidence review can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-public-health-burden-of-alcohol-evidence-review

Actions to help reduce alcohol harm include supporting:

- healthcare professionals to give brief alcohol advice to hospital inpatients and in primary care;

- hospitals with the highest rate of alcohol dependence-related admissions to establish alcohol care teams as recommended in the National Health Service Long Term Plan; and

- local authorities to commission effective alcohol treatment to help people recover from dependence.

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