The number of prescriptions for drugs to treat alcohol misuse was 167,000 in 2020/21, according to newly published data from NHS Digital.
The number of prescriptions in England in 2020/21 was 167,000, which is 1% higher than 2019/20 (164,000) but 15% lower than 2014/15 (196,000), according to the Statistics on Alcohol, England 2021 report released today.
The total net ingredient cost was £4.63 million1 for drugs prescribed for alcohol dependence in 2020/21, which is 2% higher than in 2019/20 and 33% higher than in 2014/15.
The report also includes previously published data from other sources, including statistics around alcohol-related hospital admissions, published in October 20212.
Drinking alcohol was the main reason for around 280,000 admissions to hospital in 2019/20, under the narrow definition3. The number of admissions is 2% higher than in 2018/194. There were almost 980,000 admissions in 2019/20, under the broad measure5, this is 4% higher than in 2018/19.
Other data in the report includes:
- Prescriptions for drugs to treat alcohol dependence by region
- Alcohol affordability and expenditure.
Read the full report
Statistics on Alcohol, England 2021