LGA responds to NHS England alcohol treatment statistics

The LGA's response to NHS England statistics on alcohol related hospital admissions, showing an increase over the course of the pandemic in people needing hospitalisation.


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Commenting on NHS England statistics about the numbers of people requiring treatment for alcohol dependency in England in the year 2020/21, Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board said:

“As these stark statistics show, the pandemic has led to an increase in people needing hospital treatment and other help to tackle alcohol dependency.

“This should act as a wake-up call about the impact of COVID-19 on our general health, including for those with alcohol-related conditions, such as reaching out to people who have not yet been in treatment.

“Increasing alcohol consumption creates further health problems later on, including increased hospital admissions and exacerbating existing health inequalities, with people in the most deprived areas being worst affected.

“Every life lost to alcohol misuse is another tragic reminder that there is still more work to do as we look to build back better, while reducing pressure on the NHS and social care. It is essential that government provides certainty over funding for council public health services as soon as possible to help achieve this shared ambition.”