Alcohol 

Unsurprisingly alcohol is the most commonly used substance in the UK. It is used by millions of people with a wide variety of motivations. Not everyone who uses alcohol does so in a way that causes harm but for some it can become apparent that their alcohol use is causing them problems; physically, psychologically and/or socially. So what do the statistics looks like nationally?

  • 10.8 million adults nationally drinking at risky levels and 1.6 million dependent drinkers (Public Health England)

 

  • 38% of alcohol is consumed by “hazardous” or “increasing risk” drinkers who exceed the guidelines of 14 units a week for women and 21 for men (The Guardian, 2016)

 

  • Around 1,060,000 hospital admissions in England 2013-14 were due to alcohol which is more than double those recorded in 2003-4. (Health and Social Care Information Centre)

 

  • The number of alcohol-related hospital admissions in the UK has risen 115% in the past 10 years (Health and Social Care Information Centre)

 

  • In 2014, there were 8,697 alcohol-related deaths registered in the UK rate of 14.3 deaths per 100,000 population. 5,687 deaths were males (65%) and 3,010 females (35%) (ONS, 2014)

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(Images from Health Matters, Public Health England)

Brighton & Hove is famously recognised as a destination for pleasure seekers and hence has a large number of pubs and bars which are an attraction to visitors and locals alike. This is not without concern, Brighton & Hove residents responded to the Big Alcohol Debate (2012):

61% of people said that alcohol was part of their social life
65% said that they found alcohol easy to get hold of in the city
39% of people avoid parts of Brighton & Hove because of the way drunk people behave there

 

Pavilions are here for when you’re concerned about the impact alcohol is having on your life. Whether you are considering reducing your drinking or you’re looking to stop all together.

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(Image from Health Matters, Public Health England)