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Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the expenditure by the NHS on treatment of illnesses related to alcohol abuse in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (196557)

We estimate that alcohol abuse costs the national health service around £1.7 billion each year, with an estimated £217 million spent each year on specialist treatment for alcohol dependence. Additional funding of £15 million has been included within primary care trust general allocations from 2007-08 to improve alcohol interventions.