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:
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.