Alcohol, The Dark Side

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Alcohol, The Dark Side

Alcohol dependence carries a significant disease burden and financial cost for individuals and society. Here are some of the hard facts behind why we specialise in alcohol addiction treatments:

  • According to the World Health Organisation, 2.5 million deaths occur each year from alcohol-related complications.
  • In the UK, it is estimated that 24% of adults drink in a hazardous or harmful way.
  • In 2012/2013 there were an estimated 1,008,850 alcohol-related hospital admissions.
  • 651,010 of the admissions were due to alcohol-related conditions categorised as chronic conditions.
  • 60,830 were conditions categorised as partly attributable to acute alcohol conditions.
  • 198,600 were for mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol.
  • 50,510 admissions were for alcoholic liver disease.
  • In 2012 there were 6,490 alcohol-related deaths, this is a 19% increase from 2001.

Alcohol’s Financial Cost to Society

Alcohol costs English society roughly £21 billion per year. The estimated cost to the NHS is £3.5 billion per year. This equates to £120.00 per year for every taxpayer (source: Statistics on Alcohol, England, 2014).


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