Alcohol-related issues increasing

The number of alcohol-related hospital admissions has reportedly increased over the past year.

A recent report entitled Local Alcohol Profiles in England revealed that almost 16,000 people died in England last year due to drink-related issues.

In addition, there was an eight per cent annual increase in the number of people who had been admitted to hospital due to alcohol.

Simon Antrobus, chief executive of Addaction, commented: "It's clear that drink problems can affect anyone, irrespective of class, background or achievements.

"But there is no getting away from the fact that such problems are made worse by social deprivation."

The comments come as the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has recommended making alcohol less affordable and harder to purchase.

It advised that a minimum price per unit needs to be introduced as part of a range of efforts designed to save lives.

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