UK – NHS Overwhelmed by Costs of Alcohol Abuse
Currently, 25% of Britons drink alcohol in quantities considered to be hazardous to health and the cost of treating those with alcohol use disorders exceeds 2.7 billion pounds annually – an annual treatment cost that has doubled in only 5 years.
Professor Ian Gilmore, president of the Royal College of Surgeons summed up the problem, saying, "The nation's growing addiction to alcohol is putting an immense strain on health services, especially in hospitals…This burden is no longer sustainable."
Gilmore and authors from the National Health Services Confederation have released a report outlining the scale of the problem. In describing the likely consequences of non action, a NHS spokesperson said, “if we carry on drinking in the way that we are currently, the bar bill will be paid in worse health and a health system struggling to cope."
Gilmore says that at present, most of the 2.7 billion spent on alcohol treatment each year goes to hospitals and ambulance services; he calls for an increase in funding to non crisis preventative services, which could help to ease the total burden in time.
The report authors recommend brief interventions from general practitioners and nurses as one very cost effective way to improve health on a grand scale. According to research, brief conversations between a heavy drinker and a doctor about the health risks of heavy consumption lead 1 in 8 to reduce their drinking to safer levels – which on a national scale means a great many healthier people for a fairly minimal expenditure.
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