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Too few primary care trusts have a strategy to tackle alcohol misuse, watchdog says

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2359 (Published 31 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2359
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Local strategies to tackle the harm to health caused by alcohol are lacking or inadequate in many areas in England, the parliamentary watchdog on public spending concluded in a report released on Wednesday 29 October.

    Service delivery is fragmented, and the allocation of resources is based on an incomplete picture of local need, the National Audit Office found.

    Nearly a fifth (18%) of people in England drink at “hazardous” levels, and 1.1 million people have a degree of alcohol addiction or dependency, the report estimates. The annual number of alcohol related admissions to hospital has doubled in the past 11 years, and the number of deaths caused by alcohol has more …

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