Alcohol misuse costs the UK economy an estimated £7.3 billion per year. In England alone, estimates suggest that over 15,000 people die from alcohol-related illnesses each year.
A report from Nuffield Trust investigates the growing burden of alcohol-related activity on hospitals in England and concludes that the NHS faces a stark challenge in trying to deal with the consequences of harmful drinking.
It finds that emergency admissions to hospital specific to alcohol have increased by over 50% in nine years and now top a quarter of a million a year, while the rate of people attending A&E with probable alcohol poisoning has doubled in six years.
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