Alcohol Abuse Costs: Hitting the £6 Billion Mark

A recent study conducted by the Royal College of Physicians has concluded that the cost of alcohol abuse to the UK could be up to £6 billion annually.

The cost to the NHS is approximately £3 billion, which accounts for around 12% of total hospital spend. The remaining £3 billion is lost through alcohol-related crime, premature death, and loss of business through employee absence at work. Campaigners are now calling on the Government to do more to tackle the problem and to publish its strategy for the reduction of alcohol abuse in the UK.

The study also found that of those admitted to hospital for non-alcohol related illnesses, 20% are considered as having an unsafe drinking habit. In addition, 27% of men and 15% of women are drinking more than the recommended weekly alcohol guideline levels.

Alcohol Abuse Needs To Be Addressed

Another finding outlined by the RCP report was that there has been an increase in the number of teenagers drinking alcohol. Of those questioned, more than half aged between 14 and 15 admitted to drinking in the preceding week. The chairperson of the RCP committee that produced this report has stated that there needs to be a major change to the way alcohol abuse is tackled and addressed. He said, “If we start at the sharp end of hospital admissions with detection and simple intervention for patients who are starting to drink dangerously, there is good evidence that we can make a real difference.”

The RCP report was welcomed by other agencies including Alcohol Concern, whose director Mr Eric Appleby agreed that the Government would need to look at alcohol misuse from all directions. This includes the social effects as well as the effects on health and the economy.

Dealing with Alcohol Abuse on a Personal Level

With so much focus on the cost of alcohol abuse to the economy, it is worth taking a minute to think about how alcoholism can affect those who suffer from it as well as their families and friends. Alcohol abuse can have a devastating effect on the lives of all those affected but especially the addicted person, often causing them to lose everything they own.

Those who are trying to come to terms with the fact that their loved one is an alcoholic might be searching out help and advice on how to deal with the situation. Getting outside help may not be a route they want to go down because of the stigma that is often attached to alcohol addiction. While an addict might deny they have a problem because they do not want to stop drinking, families will often deny there is a problem to outsiders because they are ashamed and do not want others to know about their situation.

Ask for Help

Alcoholism is an illness that needs to be treated in the same way that other illnesses need to be treated. An alcoholic should not be judged or berated for their behaviour, no matter how difficult life becomes. In order to help an addicted person recover, it is necessary to understand why they are acting in the manner they are.

Asking for help is the first step in the road to recovery; here at Addiction Helper, we can get you through this tough time. We can help you find the best treatment and can offer confidential advice on the best rehab centres in your area. Call us today on 0800 0448323.

Source: Daily Mail 

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