How much do you know about alcohol? There’s more to find out.

  • Harmful drinking is the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability among 15-49 year-olds in the UK, and the fifth biggest risk factor across all ages
  • Alcohol is estimated to cost the NHS £3.5 billion annually
  • An estimated 595,000 adults in England are alcohol dependent and in need of specialist treatment. However the number receiving treatment is closer to just 100,000
  • 50%of violent crime can be attributed to alcohol
  • 167,000 working years are lost in England yearly because of alcohol
  • While overall levels of consumption are falling, around 2.5 million people in the UK drink more than 14 units on their heaviest-drinking days
  • Around 220,000 children in England live with an alcohol-dependent adult
  • Alcohol is linked to more than 60 medical conditions including liver disease, heart disease, some cancers and depression
  • In 2015 there were 8,758 deaths related to alcohol in the UK

Find out more.

Download the Alcohol Awareness Week stats factsheet.