Alcohol Awareness Week
26th November, 2015
This year’s Alcohol Awareness Week runs from 16th to 22nd November.
- It’s estimated that the cost of alcohol on society costs £21billion. The aim of Alcohol Awareness Week is to get people thinking about alcohol – how it affects us as individuals, families, communities and society as a whole.
- More than 9 million people in England drink more than the recommended daily limits
- In England, in 2012 there were 6,490 alcohol-related deaths, a 19% increase compared to 2001
- Alcohol is 10% of the UK burden of disease and death, making alcohol one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death in the UK, after smoking and obesity.
- An estimated 7.5 million people are unaware of the damage their drinking could be causing
- Alcohol misuse costs England around £21bn per year in healthcare, crime and lost productivity costs
- The most effective strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm from a public health perspective include, in rank order, price increases, restrictions on the physical availability of alcohol, drink-driving counter measures, brief interventions with at-risk drinkers, and treatment of drinkers with alcohol dependence
- Alcohol is 61% more affordable than it was in 1980
The fourth Dry January campaign is in 2016. Alcohol Awareness Week is a great opportunity to start the conversation and encourage people to sign up. More information and resources can be found at www.dryjanuary.org.uk.Information from Alcohol Concern https://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/help-and-advice/statistics-on-alcohol/