A recent study conducted by the University of Sheffield’s Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) reveals more than half of Brits have been negatively affected by another’s drinking in the last 12 months. The study surveyed 2000 people. People most affected by another’s drinking lived in the North East (78%) and Scotland (51%). Those aged between 16 and 34 purported to be the most negatively affected by another’s drinking.
Examples of how alcohol consumption negatively affected those surveyed includes:
The report points to Government statistics revealing the cost of alcohol consumption to the taxpayer. It estimates alcohol consumption costs the UK taxpayer around £15 billion each year.
The report attributes this cost as follows:
On this issue of cost, Katherine Brown, director of the IAS, said: "Alcohol harm is everybody's business – as taxpayers, we are all paying the price. We hope this government will look to the evidence of what works and take action, both to ease the heavy financial burden on our health, social care and police services, and to make our communities safer."
If we are to accept the study’s findings as representative of the entire UK population, clearly action must be taken. The report itself outlined recommendations for possible ways of reducing this harm.
These recommendations include :
Katherine Brown, director of the IAS, said: "We hope this Government will look to the evidence of what works and take action, both to ease the heavy financial burden on our health, social care and police services, and to make our communities safer. "
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