We are drinking too much alcohol and it's making us ill. Alcohol is the most common cause of death in men younger than 54 and the rest of us are 20% more likely to die from drinking alcohol than anything else. Alcohol is known to be a significant factor in causing over sixty diseases, including cancers of the breast, liver, stomach, mouth and throat, as well as heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disease and mental health problems.
The government introduced new drinking guidelines in January 2016 as summarised below:
Alcohol Harm Information Risk Level
Lower risk Regularly drinking no more than 14 units per week, spread over at least 3 days
Increasing risk Women - Regularly drinking 15-34 units per week
Men - Regularly drinking 15-49 units per week
Higher risk Women- Drinking more than 35 units per week (or more than 6 units a day) on a regular basis.
Men - Drinking more than 50 units per week (or more than 8 units a day) on a regular basis.
We need to take a fresh look at how we identify and treat alcohol problems and we're working on projects that help healthcare staff understand their patients' alcohol risks so that they can improve health and prevent premature death.
Public Health England
Local Authority Public Health teams
University of Southampton
University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
NHS Innovations South East
The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design
Centre for Implementation Science (CIS)
CIS interactive Wessex alcohol data dashboard
Lundbeck: Alcohol Dependence
PHE Local Alcohol Profiles for England
PHE - National Alcohol Treatment Monitoring System
Alcohol Learning Centre
NHS Change 4 Life: Cutting Down on Alcohol
Health risks from alcohol: new guidelines
The third national emergency department survey of alcohol identification and intervention activity. http://alcoholresearchuk.org/downloads/finalReports/FinalReport_0135.pdf
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