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New report brings together data on alcohol

25 June 2015: An annual report that examines the current sources of data on alcohol has been published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

*Regional statistics are included within this report

Statistics on Alcohol, England, 2015 acts as a reference point for health issues relating to alcohol use and misuse, providing information obtained from a number of sources2. The report contains previously published information and also includes additional new analyses.

It covers topics such as:

  • drinking habits and behaviours among adults (aged 16 and over) and school children (aged 11 to 15)
  • knowledge and attitudes to alcohol
  • geographic patterns of alcohol consumption
  • drinking-related ill health and mortality
  • alcohol-related admissions to hospital
  • prescribing
  • alcohol-related costs.

New statistics are included on alcohol related hospital admissions, which are presented nationally and at local authority level.

Today's report can be viewed at:


Notes to editors

1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 220 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.

2. Data sources used in Statistics on Alcohol, England are:

  • Alcohol attributable fractions - PHE
  • Affordability data - ONS
  • Health Survey for England - HSCIC
  • Hospital Episode Statistics - HSCIC
  • Infant Feeding Survey - HSCIC
  • International Classification of Diseases and related health problems (ICD) - WHO
  • Living Costs and Food Survey (LCFS) - ONS
  • Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) - PHE
  • Mortality statistics - ONS
  • Health at a glance data - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Opinions and Lifestyle Survey - ONS
  • Prescription data - HSCIC
  • Smoking, Drinking & Drug Use among Young People in England - HSCIC
  • Focus on Consumer Price Indices - ONS
  • Household sector: Secondary Distribution of Income Account - ONS
  • Drinking: adults' behaviour and knowledge in 2009 - ONS
  • Adult Psychiatric Morbidity in England - 2007, Results of a household survey - HSCIC
  • MYE2: Population Estimates by age group and sex for tier 1 and tier 2 local authorities in England, mid-2013 - ONS

Not all statistics in this publication are National Statistics - some are Official Statistics, whilst others are neither. All are included to provide a fuller picture. Official Statistics should still conform to the Code of Practice for Official Statistics, although this is not a statutory requirement. Unless otherwise stated, all sources contained within this publication are considered robust.

3. For media enquires or interview requests please contact or telephone 0300 30 33 888. Please note the change to our media line number.

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