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Statistics on Alcohol, England, 2016

Publication date: 09:30 June 30, 2016

Summary

This statistical report presents a range of information on alcohol use and misuse drawn together from a variety of sources. The report aims to present a broad picture of health issues relating to alcohol use and misuse in England and covers topics such as drinking habits and behaviours among adults (aged 16 and over) and school children (aged 11 to 15); drinking-related ill health and mortality; affordability of alcohol; alcohol-related admissions to hospital; and alcohol-related costs.

The topics covered include:

Part 1: Alcohol-related hospital admissions

Part 2:Alcohol-related deaths

Part 3: Alcohol-related prescriptions

Part 4: Drinking behaviours among adults

Part 5: Drinking behaviours among children

Part 6: Expenditure and affordability

Each part provides an overview of the key findings on these topics, as well as providing links to sources of further information and relevant documents.

This report contains data and information previously published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), Department of Health, the Office for National Statistics and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. The report also includes new analyses of prescribing data carried out by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.


Key Facts

Hospital admissions - broad measure

  • In 2014/15 there were 1.1 million estimated admissions where an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the primary reason for admission or a secondary diagnosis. This is 3% more than 2013/14.

  • Men accounted for nearly two-thirds of the admissions.

  • Salford had the highest rate at 3,570 per 100,000 population. Wokingham had the lowest rate at 1,270.

Hospital admissions - narrow measure

  • There were 333 thousand estimated admissions where an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the primary diagnosis or there was an alcohol-related external cause. This is similar to 2013/14 and 32% higher than 2004/05.

  • Blackpool had the highest rate at 1,220 per 100,000 population. Wokingham the lowest rate at 380.

Deaths

  • In 2014, there were 6,831 deaths which were related to the consumption of alcohol. This is an increase of 4% on 2013 and an increase of 13% on 2004.

Prescriptions

  • 196 thousand prescription items were dispensed in England in 2015, which is 1% higher than in 2014 and nearly double the level ten years ago.

  • The total Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) for items prescribed for alcohol dependence in 2015 was £3.93 million which is 15% higher than in 2014.

Drinking Prevalence

  • 28.9 million people in Great Britain report drinking alcohol in the previous week. This equates to 58% of the population. 

  • In 2014, 38% of secondary school pupils had ever drunk alcohol, the lowest proportion since the survey began when it was 62%.

Coverage

Date Range: 01 April 2014 to 31 March 2015
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Country, Local Authorities, Regions

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