Call us free on 0800 862 0373

Sign in to view your quotes
Email address:
Password or PIN:

Forgotten your password? Reset it here.

Increased pressure on the NHS as 1 in 10 Brits can't go a day without alcohol

Published on 18/11/2011

Private health insurer Bupa has revealed that Brits are 41 per cent more likely to drink alcohol than in other countries, and one in ten admit they cannot go a day without drink.

These astonishing figures come from Bupa’s Health Pulse Survey, which questioned more than 13,000 people over 12 countries including Australia, China, Spain, Mexico and the United States.

As well as Brits being more likely to drink alcohol, a third of UK drinkers claim they don’t want to cut back on their drinking. This is more than double the international average, with almost three quarters of international drinkers saying they’d like to try and drink less.

Experts blame the problem on too much of our social life revolving around drinking. Bupa spokesperson Dr Layla McCay said: 'This is a worrying observation which implies that Brits are particularly resistant to change when it comes to drinking habits.

But the potential health consequences of excessive alcohol include cancer, heart disease, stroke, liver disease and diabetes.

Dr McCay said: 'Excessive drinking carries several health risks, including heart disease, stroke, liver disease, many types of cancer and even diabetes.'

Indeed, the UK suffers the highest rate of throat cancer in Europe, double the average rate, according to new analysis by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). Britain's high level of alcohol consumption and obesity are blamed for the figures.

Experts have recently predicted that increasing levels of alcohol related hospital admissions will cost the NHS nearly £4bn over the next few years. Charity Alcohol Concern has predicted that rates of alcohol related hospital admissions will rise again to 1.5m every year by 2015, increasing costs to £3.7bn.

With private medical insurance, you will be covered for treatment in a private hospital of your choice at a time of your choice, avoiding the negative effects of alcohol related illnesses on the NHS.

Compare health insurance policies online now to help you avoid the consequences of boozing Britain.

© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2011

Categories:  Health
Increased pressure on the NHS as 1 in 10 Brits can't go a day without alcoholPrivate health insurer Bupa has revealed that Brits are 41 per cent more likely to drink alcohol than in other countries, and one in ten a    tweet it on twittershare with your friends on Facebookshare with your friends on MySpaceBlog it on your LinkedIn profile

No.1 health insurance broker as rated by customers

Very helpful and polite and always try their best to obtain the best quotes. Have been using them for the last 3 years and will continue to use them in the future.

Review centre member

A great service from the initial call, to finalising the agreement. I would highly recommend to my family and friends.

Review centre member

Proactive, efficient, and offered me insurance I need. I would say half price I would end up paying if I did it by myself. Many thanks.

Review centre member

Excellent service. Explained everything in detail and really helped to find the right insurance best suited to my needs - which wasn't necessarily the most expensive. 

Review centre member

Good value and the advisor was very helpful and recommended the best policy for my grandson. I would definitely use this service again and recommend to others.

Review centre member

We were contacted in good time to make a knowledgable choice. We were given plenty of options with lots of information to enable us to make the right choice.

Review centre member

The service I received was excellent, the staff member was very efficient and knowledgable. She went out of her way to get the best policy for me.

Review centre member

Great service. I really appreciated the help provided by Active Quote to arrange health insurance. The agent was very informative and proactive. Many thanks!

Review centre member

I received excellent care and attention from the first phone call till the last. Friendly, efficient and patient.

Review centre member

Staff are very helpful, friendly and polite. They call back when they say they will and keep you up to date with progress. Pleasure to deal with.

Review centre member
This site is operated by Insurance Broker ActiveQuote Ltd registered in England & Wales company number 6765845.
Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Firm reference number 501109 as detailed on the Financial Services Register. Please read our Key Facts document.
For information about your rights as a consumer visit Citizens Advice.

Our insurance comparison service is free and easy for you to use, but you are responsible for making sure all your information is entered correctly, and for choosing your insurer.

This site uses cookies in order to work correctly - these are not harmful and do not contain personal information. By using this site you consent to this. I understand  Tell me more

please wait ...