Smoking and harmful use of alcohol are amongst the most significant risk factors in the burden of disease in England.
This professional resource focuses on preventing ill health caused by tobacco and alcohol use and makes the case for why NHS providers should implement the Screening and brief advice for tobacco and alcohol use in inpatient settings CQUIN, published in March 2019. See also Public Health England’s implementation guidance.
Alcohol misuse contributes (wholly or partially) to 200 health conditions leading to hospital admission, due either to acute alcohol intoxication or to the toxic effect of alcohol misuse over time. Conditions include:
There were over 24,000 alcohol-attributable deaths in 2017. In 2017 to 2018, there were nearly 1.2 million admissions related to alcohol, of which alcohol was the main reason for admission for about 338,000 cases.
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