Alcohol Deaths Rise by 40 Percent in the UK
In 1999 there were 5,287 deaths in England and Wales due to alcohol; in 2008, the figure rose to 7,341. The Department of Health admits that alcohol is one of the most challenging public health issues they face.
Shadow Home Office Minister James Brokenshire said, “"I am increasingly worried that the government's decision to introduce 24 hour drinking is having a real impact on anti-social behavior in our town centers and not nearly enough is being done to tackle it. The impact on services like the NHS really can't go on."
"This is horrifying evidence of the scale of the alcohol crisis facing this country,” said Liberal Democrat health spokesman Norman Lamb. “Unless the Government invests in treatment services, puts an end to alcohol being sold at pocket-money prices, and starts educating our children, then these figures are set to get even worse."
A spokesman for the Department of Health said: “We are working harder than ever to reduce alcohol related hospital admissions, and to help those who regularly drink too much or are dependent on alcohol.”
"Around 15,000 people die due to alcohol-related issues every year. We are tackling this serious problem by making sure the local NHS has the right services in place. For every pound spent on alcohol intervention, five pounds are saved by the public purse—so this is money well spent."