Log In
Tuesday 24th April 2018

One in four drink too much

21st May 2009

New NHS figures have shown that a quarter of adults in England drink above what are deemed safe levels.


However, the NHS Information Centre report also reveals that heavy alcohol consumption is falling and there is also a drop in the number of men and women drinking above recommended levels.

Despite this, alcohol deaths rose by 19% between 2001 and 2006 and reached 6,541 in 2007 of which the majority suffered liver failure.

The figures show a third of men and 20% of women in England are estimated to regularly drink above 21 and 14 units per week – a level regarded as hazardous.

Men with signs of alcohol dependence fell between 2000 and 2007 from 11.5% to 9%, while female figures remained static at 4%.

Martin Plant, professor of addiction studies at the University of the West of England, said: "There is definitely some good news within this, but we still have a chronic problem."

But he added: "It may however be the case that recession pushes the figures down further as alcohol consumption does tend to go down when we're watching what we spend."

Alcohol was 75% more affordable in 2008 than it was in 1980 while alcohol-related harm costs the NHS in England £2.7bn a year.

Chief executive of Alcohol Concern Alcohol Don Shenker said: "As alcohol has become more affordable fuelled by the growth of irresponsible low cost sales, the population as whole is drinking more and this is having a massive impact on the nation's health."


Share this page


There are no comments for this article, be the first to comment!

Post your comment

Only registered users can comment. Fill in your e-mail address for quick registration.

Your email address:

Your comment will be checked by a Healthcare Today moderator before it is published on the site.

Article Information

Title: One in four drink too much
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 11443
Date Added: 21st May 2009


BBC News

Recent Related Articles

Stop eating four foods to prevent high blood pressure

Energy drinks ban in the UK

New online therapy tool for depression


Add to scrapbook
Show Comments
Add comment
Find all related articles


M3 - For secure managed hosting over N3 or internet
© Mayden Foundation 2018