Excessive drinking is a major cause of disease and health inequalities are clearly evident as a result of alcohol-related harm.

  • The annual cost of alcohol misuse to society is around £21 billion. It was also estimated that there is a £3 social return for every £1 spent on alcohol treatment.
  • There is a 23-year life expectancy reduction in patients with alcohol-related conditions.
  • It is important to acknowledge the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on both the changes on alcohol consumption and access to care and treatment.

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External resources

External resources

A number of organisations produce statistics relating to alcohol and its impact on health, both at national and local level.