75% Rise in Prescriptions for Alcohol Dependency
- 30 May
In 2012, 180,000 prescriptions were given to people dependent on alcohol, which is the highest annual figure since the records began.
A government report shows that the number of prescriptions given to people for alocohol dependency has risen by 75% in the last 9 years.
The Health and Social Care Information Centre study shows that the cost of alcohol dependency is extremely high.
In the past year, the cost of the prescribed drugs totalled around £2.93 million and the number of prescriptions was an increase of 18% on the 2011 figure (£2.49 million) and an increase of 70% on the 2003 figure (£1.72 million).
There were also 1,220,300 hospital admissions where alcohol was the main cause of a disease, injury or condition in 2012, which is an increase of 4% from the previous year and an increase of 51% from ten years ago. This costs an estimated £3.5 billion a year.
Director of campaigns at Alcohol Concern Emily Robinson said:
The report highlights the number of admissions to hospital for alcohol-related conditions have risen by over 50% in the last 10 years.
The government must get a grip and implement measures that will prevent this urgent situation from getting worse.
Alcohol Concern estimates that only one in 16 people with alcohol problem is receiving specialist help as there is just not enough treatment available.
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