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Alcohol Awareness Week

Alcohol and Families

How much do you know about alcohol?

  • Harmful drinking is the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability among 15-49 year-olds in the UK, and the fifth biggest risk factor across all ages
  • Alcohol is estimated to cost the NHS £3.5 billion annually
  • An estimated 595,000 adults in England are alcohol dependent and in need of specialist treatment. However the number receiving treatment is closer to just 100,000
  • 50%of violent crime can be attributed to alcohol
  • 167,000 working years are lost in England yearly because of alcohol
  • While overall levels of consumption are falling, around 2.5 million people in the UK drink more than 14 units on their heaviest-drinking days
  • Around 220,000 children in England live with an alcohol-dependent adult
  • Alcohol is linked to more than 60 medical conditions including liver disease, heart disease, some cancers and depression
  • In 2015 there were 8,758 deaths related to alcohol in the UK

Alcohol Concern will be sharing information, resources and stories throughout the week on Facebook and Twitter. You can get involved by using the hashtag #AAW2017. For further information have a look at the Alcohol Concern website via the following link:

If you are struggling with alcohol yourself, having access to the right help and advice can make the world of difference. Whether that’s working out exactly how much you’re drinking, the impact it’s having on your body or which local services can help you, you’ll find everything you need to know here:

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