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Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has conducted comparative research on the cost to the NHS of treating the effects of addiction to alcohol and tobacco. (138180)

The Department, in partnership with the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA), published Models of Care for Alcohol Misusers in November 2005. Models of Care was informed by the review of the effectiveness of treatment for alcohol problems commissioned by the NTA. Both publications have been placed in the Library and are available at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Policyandguidance/Healthandsocialcaretopics/Alcoholmisuse/Alcoholmisusegeneralinformation/DH_4130659

www.nta.nhs.uk/publications/documents/nta_review_of_ the_effectiveness_of_treatment_for_alcohol_problems_ fullreport_2006_alcohol2.pdf

The Health Technology Assessment Programme, part of the Department's National Institute for Health Research, is currently supporting two studies looking in part at the cost effectiveness of therapies designed to help people stop smoking. These are:

a systematic review of the effectiveness and an economic analysis of cut down to quit with nicotine replacement therapies; and

relapse prevention in NHS stop smoking services: a review of current practice, potential effectiveness and cost effectiveness.