Consumption of alcohol in the UK has increased by 19% over the last three decades. Recent reports indicate that 10.5 million adults in England drink above sensible levels
Safe. Sensible. Social - the next steps in the National Alcohol Strategy| (1606 kb), published in June 2007, sets out the Government's agenda on alcohol misuse.
Excessive drinking is a major cause of disease and injury. For the NHS alone, the estimated financial burden of alcohol misuse is around £2.7 billion in hospital admissions, attendance at A&E and primary care.
Local authorities and primary care trusts need to commission services that will improve outcomes. These outcomes can include some of the following:
Reduction in alcohol consumption
Reduction in alcohol dependence
Amelioration of alcohol related health problems
Amelioration of alcohol related social problems
General improvement in health and social functioning
In Staffordshire the Substance Misuse Commissioning Team are developing services to improve the outcomes for all people with potential or actual alcohol problem.
For more information please contact the SMCT and/or see the useful links page.