An increasing number of hospital admissions are due to alcohol-related issues.
This is according to a recent report published by the charity Alcohol Concer, which suggested that admissions are expected to rise to 1.5 million a year by 2015.
The paper found that there has already been a substantial increase in the number of alcohol-related admissions over the past few years, with around 500,000 in 2002 but over 1 million by 2010.
Don Shenker, chief executive of Alcohol Concern, commented: "Whereas successful action has been taken to reduce rates of smoking and illegal drugs, successive governments have failed to act decisively in treating the country's drink problem."
Drinking is bringing with it some serious health problems, with alcohol now registered as the second biggest risk factor for cancer after smoking.
It is also the biggest cause of liver disease in the UK.
Mr Shenker urged people who drink to much to realise their problems and seek the help that they need.