The burden of alcohol-related ill health in the United Kingdom

Balakrishnan, Ravikumar, Allender, Steven, Scarborough, Peter, Webster, Premila and Rayner, Mike 2009, The burden of alcohol-related ill health in the United Kingdom, Journal of public health, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 366-373, doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdp051.

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Title The burden of alcohol-related ill health in the United Kingdom
Alternative title The ill health burden of alcohol
Author(s) Balakrishnan, Ravikumar
Allender, StevenORCID iD for Allender, Steven
Scarborough, Peter
Webster, Premila
Rayner, Mike
Journal name Journal of public health
Volume number 31
Issue number 3
Start page 366
End page 373
Total pages 8
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1741-3842
Keyword(s) alcohol
burden of disease
economic costs
alcohol drinking
alchol-related disorders
drinking behavior
Summary Background Although moderate alcohol consumption has been shown to confer a protective effect for specific diseases, current societal patterns of alcohol use impose a huge health and economic burden on modern society. This study presents a method for estimating the health and economic burden of alcohol consumption to the UK National Health Service (NHS).

Methods Previous estimates of NHS costs attributable to alcohol consumption were identified by systematic literature review. The mortality and morbidity due to alcohol consumption was calculated using information from the World Health Organization Global Burden of Disease Project and routinely collected mortality data. Direct health-care costs were derived using information on population attributable fractions for conditions related to alcohol consumption and NHS cost data.

Results We estimate that alcohol consumption was responsible for 31 000 deaths in the UK in 2005 and that alcohol consumption cost the UK NHS £3.0 billion in 2005–06. Alcohol consumption was responsible for 10% of all disability adjusted life years in 2002 (male: 15%; female: 4%) in the UK.

Conclusions Alcohol consumption is a considerable public health burden in the UK. The comparison of the health and economic burden of various lifestyle factors is essential in prioritizing and resourcing public health action.
Notes Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Faculty of Public Health
Originally published online on June 3, 2009
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/pubmed/fdp051
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Oxford University Press
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