The latest alcohol statistics for England have just been published by the NHS Information Centre.

RCP President Responds to NHS Information Centre data on alcohol

Responding to the NHS Information Centre’s latest statistical report on alcohol, Professor Ian Gilmore, president of the Royal College of Physicians and chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK said:

“These figures produced today make it clear that alcohol misuse is not just about drunk teenagers in city centres.  The majority of those who regularly exceed the recommended limits are more likely to work in office jobs, and range in ages from their mid twenties to early sixties”

“There has also been a big rise in the purchase of alcohol for drinking at home over the last several years. While crime and anti-social behaviour from alcohol misuse are a major problem, it is vital that government does not lose sight of this group, which is at great risk of developing serious health complications, and the pivotal role of cheap supermarket drink and widespread availability.”

Download full copy of statistics here (pdf 386kb)