The costs of alcohol to the NHS & society
- 1.1 million people in England were admitted to hospital in 2009/10 because of alcohol – a rise of 879 per day compared with five years ago. Source: Making alcohol a health priority. Opportunities to reduce alcohol harms and rising costs. Alcohol Concern. January, 2011.
- The risks of alcohol misuse place a huge burden on the NHS at an estimated cost of around £2.7 billion a year. Source: Investing in Alcohol Treatments: Reducing costs and saving lives. Alcohol Concern, 2010.
- Alcohol misuse is estimated to cost Scotland £2.25 billion per year in extra services across the NHS, police, courts, social services and lost economic productivity. Source: http://scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2009/02/20161722
- Alcohol problems cost Scotland an estimated £2.25 billion per year in NHS, social work, police, emergency services, and the wider economic and human costs. – Alcohol Focus Scotland, 2008, http://www.alcohol-focus-scotland.org.uk/
Alcohol consumption in the UK
- Industry sales figures suggest Scotland has the eighth highest alcohol consumption level in the world. Source: http://scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2009/02/20161722
Access to residential rehab
- It is estimated that only 2% of registered service users ever get the opportunity to attend residential treatment. Source: Concordat http://concordatgraduates.org/
- What is a Therapeutic Community? National Institute of Drug Abuse. http://www.nida.nih.gov/researchreports/therapeutic/Therapeutic3.html
Children & alcoholism
- It is estimated that in England there are up to 1.3m children affected by parental alcohol problems – Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy, England, http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-files/Society/documents/2004/03/15/alcoholstrategy.pdf
- In Scotland there are 100,000 children in Scotland are living with a problem drinking parents. – Alcohol Focus Scotland Manifesto, 2007 http://www.alcohol-focus-scotland.org.uk/pdfs/AFS%20Manifesto%202007.pdf
There are estimated to be 360,000 – 451,000 problem gamblers in the UK and this figure is rising.
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