Alcohol Awareness Week

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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

Information from Alcohol Concern