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Earlier help could reduce current “unsustainable” burden on NHS of alcohol

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c80 (Published 06 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c80
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    The unsustainable burden that alcohol currently places on the NHS needs to be tackled urgently, says a report from doctors and NHS managers.

    The briefing report claims that alcohol related problems now cost the NHS £2.7bn (€3bn; $4.3bn) a year and urges various steps to be taken to reverse the trend, which has seen the cost to the NHS of excessive drinking double in the past five years.

    The report has been published jointly by the NHS Confederation, which represents most NHS organisations, and the Royal College of Physicians.

    It says that most of the cost to the NHS falls on hospital and ambulance services that deal with the …

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