Portman Group response to ONS and NHS alcohol data sets


“While it is good news that alcohol-related hospital admissions and binge drinking rates are down, the figures highlight the stark regional variation when it comes to alcohol-related deaths and hospital admissions. The north-south divide apparent from the data underlines why we need targeted and effective local partnerships between councils, police, health services, local businesses and the voluntary sector to tackle alcohol-related harms where they are more prevalent, and help make our communities safer and more vibrant.

“It is disappointing that this will be the last ONS data set on alcohol consumption trends as they are a valuable insight into UK drinking habits and trends.”

John Timothy, Portman Group Chief Executive