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Statistics on Alcohol, England 2020

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Statistics on Alcohol, England 2020


This publication provides a range of information relating to alcohol use and misuse drawn from a variety of sources for England unless otherwise stated. Topics covered include: alcohol-related hospital admissions; alcohol-specific deaths; prescriptions for drugs used to treat alcohol dependence; drinking behaviours among adults and children; road casualties involving illegal alcohol levels and affordability of alcohol. The publication includes this summary report showing key findings, excel tables, technical appendices and a data quality statement. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

This publication was updated on 26 February 2020. Figures for "Non-CCG" and "Unknown" in Table 2 erroneously included hospital prescriptions. Corrected figures result in the England total being 2% lower. Figures for Commissioning Region and Clinical Commissioning Group are unaffected. See the table contents for more information. We apologise for any inconvenience this issue has caused.

Key facts cover the latest year of data available:

  • Hospital admissions - 2018/19
  • Deaths - 2018
  • Health Survey for England - 2018

358,000 admissions to hospital in 2018/19 where the main reason was due to drinking alcohol

6% higher than 2017/18 and 19% higher than 2008/09

5,698 alcohol-specific deaths in 2018

2% lower than 2017 and an increase of 7% on 2008

Men and women aged 55 to 64 had the highest proportions usually drinking over 14 units in a week

38% of men and 19% of women aged 55 to 64 usually drank over 14 units in a week

Last edited: 25 February 2020 2:29 pm