Just over half of the population in the United Kingdom drink alcohol. For most of us it is part of our culture and we feel comfortable with it. Moderate drinking doesn’t cause many problems.
However, over the last 30 years, the UK has become wealthier and alcohol has become relatively more affordable.
Although younger people still drink more than other age groups, fewer people are now starting to drink at a younger age.
In the UK:
- Over the past 5 years, the number of hospital admissions where alcohol is the main cause has risen by 14 per cent
- Around 1 in 17 men and 1 in 50 women are physically dependent on alcohol.
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