Effects Of Alcohol On A Public Health Perspective

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Drinkaware Campaign

Within England more than 9 million people drink more than the recommended daily limits, and as recorded in 2012 there were 6,490 alcohol related deaths (NHS, 2012), a 19% increase compared to those recorded statistics in 2001 (NHS, 2012). This shows a major cause for concern within England to date, driving the promotion of the Drinkaware campaign to tackle the problem.
Statistics show that alcohol composes of 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 (HOC, 2014). It is estimated that around 7.5 million people are still unaware of the impact/damage that poor drinking habits cause to their bodies, and in turn continue to drink excessive quantities (NHS, 2012). Alcohol misuse cost England around £21bn per year in healthcare crime and lost productivity costs (HOC, 2014). 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 (Record C, 2009).
In the UK, there has been a rise in alcohol consumption since the late 1970s, with a particular rise in the consumption of wine and spirits and there has also been an alarming increase in ‘binge drinking’ (Alcohol concern, 2009). Binge drinking…
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