Alcohol-related medical conditions cost the NHS in the UK roughly £3.5 billion per year. One in five UK hospital patients drink alcohol harmfully, according to a recent study.
Alcohol abuse affects one in five UK inpatients, study suggests. London: BBC Health News, July 4th 2019.
This relates to:
Roberts, E. Morse, R. [and] Epstein, S. [et al] (2019). The prevalence of wholly attributable alcohol conditions in the United Kingdom hospital system: a systematic review, meta-analysis and meta-regression. Addiction. July 3rd 2019. [Epub ahead of print].
There is an NHS Behind the Headlines critical appraisal of this review:
1 in 5 hospital patients have alcohol-related problems. London: NHS Digital (previously NHS Choices); Behind the Headlines, July 4th 2019.
“ …these estimates are very uncertain. There was high variation in the prevalence rates among different studies, settings and populations”.