According to figures released today by the NHS:
- 1 in 4 adults are drinking at hazardous levels,
- 1 in 10 men are on the verge of alcoholism,
- 1 in 6 women drink at levels sufficient to damage their liver or lead to depression,
- 1 in 10 men and 1 in 25 women are approaching alcohol dependence (admittedly rather vague terminology).
We have to ask ourselves why people in the UK seem to be developing more problems with alcohol, and what can be done about it. The cost to the health service alone is staggering – presently some £2.7 billion. That’s before we even consider the personal and social costs involved.