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Excessive drinking costing the nation its health

Published on 06/01/2010
The treatment of alcohol-related conditions cost the NHS around £2.7 billion in 2006/07 – almost double the figure for 2001, it has been reported.

A study produced by the NHS Confederation and the Royal College of Physicians revealed that over a quarter of Brits are drinking to hazardous levels.

Figures show that only one in 18 people who are dependent on alcohol receive treatment, with the availability of specialist services varying widely across England.

Dr Rachel Seabrook, research manager at the Institute of Alcohol Studies, said: "We've seen an ongoing trend in the rise of admissions, not just the short-term emergencies but also long-term harm such as liver disease has been going up very, very steeply recently."

She added that the quantity of alcohol consumption has been gradually increasing in the UK. The serving size for wine used to be 125ml, but has now risen to double that amount.

Research published by health organisation Alcohol Concern found that 90,800 people could suffer avoidable deaths from alcohol-related causes by 2019 if they continue to drink at the average rate of the past 15 years.
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