The Facts

 

The National Audit Office reports rising concerns about the cost of alcohol misuse on the NHS and the scale of the problem in communities, saying “more needs to be done to provide ‘public’ advice on how to develop safer drinking patterns and increase the focus on preventing lifestyle-related illness”

(National Audit Office, 2012)

Public Health England: “in 2012 alcohol related ‘output loss’ to the UK economy was £6.4bn with an increase in alcohol related sickness, inability to work and premature death”

(Public Health, 2013)

“While for many people, drinking alcohol is a positive part of life and does not cause any problems, the misuse of alcohol can lead to reduced productivity, taking time off work, and accidents at work. Employers should adopt an alcohol policy, in consultation with their staff and include:

 

  • How the organisation expect employee to limit their drinking
  • How problem drinking will be  recognised and  help offered
  • At what point and in what circumstances you will treat an

employee’s drinking as a matter for discipline rather than as a health problem”

(Health and Safety Executive, 2013)

The National Audit Office reports rising concerns about the cost of alcohol misuse on the NHS in the order of £2.7 billion a year, and the scale of the problem in communities:

“ More needs to be done to provide public advice on how to develop safer drinking patterns and increase the focus on preventing lifestyle-related illness” such as:

 

  • Preventive services, delivering ‘brief advice’ can reduce alcohol consumption

and help to prevent longer-term damage to health

  • Valuing ‘timely advice’ to help people develop safer drinking patterns

(NAO, 2012)

Key vulnerable groups, at risk of developing alcohol-related problems, are under-represented in the local treatment population. These groups include the homeless, 18-24 year olds, older people (55+), Black and Minority Ethnic groups, and those recently released from prison

(NHS Information Centre, 2012 & ONS, 2012)

 

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