Today the Prime Minister has signaled a crack down on cheap alcohol in an attempt to curve the increasing ‘scandal’ of irresponsible drinking. Cameron used his visit to a hospital earlier in the day to highlight the cost of alcohol abuse to the NHS, which is estimated at £2.7 billion a year.
Whilst praising hospitals for their attempts to prevent A&E departments becoming overburden with alcohol related patients, commenting on an initiative which sees ‘booze-buses’ providing ‘quicker on-the-spot’ treatment in Central London, Mr Cameron also took this chance to suggest he is ready to bring in minimum alcohol pricing when Government sets out its alcohol strategy next month.
There has been a 40% increase in ‘binge drinking’ patients over a period of 8 years.
Cameron declared that this is one of the scandals of society he was determined to deal with. He went on to say “It is billions of pounds we have to spend because of the reckless behaviour of an irresponsible minority”.
“The country needs innovative solutions to confront the rising tide of unacceptable behaviour which Government officials say costs the NHS the equivalent of £90 for every taxpayer.”
The wider cost for society ranges from £17 billion to £22 billion a year.
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