Alcohol abuse cost to taxpayer £2.78bn per year

Government advert teenage binge drinking alcohol
Government advert teenage binge drinking alcohol

The prime minister will use a visit to a hospital in the north-east today to highlight the cost of alcohol to the NHS.

Excess consumption of alcohol currently costs the NHS £2.7 billion a year, of which £1 billion is for accident and emergency services.

The wider cost to society is put at between £17 billion and £22 billion per annum, which equates to £90 for every taxpayer.

Patients suffering from acute intoxification have more than doubled to 18,500 since 2002/03.

Last year, 200,000 people were admitted to hospital with a primary alcohol-related diagnosis, 40 per cent more than in 2002/03.
 

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