LGA responds to latest alcohol statistics

“These latest figures are another warning of the dangers of regular drinking over a long period of time and the impact this can have on older people."


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Responding to latest ONS figures, which show that there were 358,000 hospital admissions in 2018/19 due to drinking alcohol and that those aged 55 to 64 drank the most, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:


“These latest figures are another warning of the dangers of regular drinking over a long period of time and the impact this can have on older people


“Councils are committed to ensuring that all those who need help with alcohol and drug misuse get the right support and treatment. For that to happen they need long-term government investment in public health services, alcohol treatment and prevention. 


“The Government also needs to urgently tell councils how much public health funding they will get this coming financial year, when they have less than two months left to properly plan for their services.”


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NHS Digital: 358,000 admissions to hospital in 2018/19 where the main reason was due to drinking alcohol


LGA: Helping to support and transform the lives of people affected by alcohol