Public Health England has estimated that as many as 589,101 adults in London suffer from alcohol dependency and are in need of specialist alcohol treatment. These statistics are detailed in the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) report for 2016-2017.
The report further details that only 1 in 5 adults with alcohol addiction treatment needs, received treatment for their condition. This sadly highlights the desperate need for additional alcohol resources and funding for alcohol services in the London area.
An additional 2.4 million Londoners are consuming harmful levels of alcohol. This is a level of alcohol that is considered to be harmful to a person’s mental and physical health.
These shocking statistics are not only a cause for concern for those affected but also place a huge strain on London’s economy, more specifically London’s NHS resources, communities and the criminal justice system.
The Party Capital Paying The Price
London is renowned for its fast pace of living, expensive lifestyle and around the clock partying. In a city that never sleeps hard drinking and partying are seen as acceptable ways to let off steam after a long day at work. Boozy business lunches and after work drinks are commonplace, but at what cost?
The economic impact of London’s hard drinkers tops a whopping 2 billion per year, so as you can see heavy drinking has a price to pay for all.
During 2017-2018 there were 774 alcohol only deaths amongst individuals accessing treatment for alcohol in London. This is a 1% increase on the previous year. The average age of alcoholic death was age 50 and 64% of all alcohol-related deaths were male.
The number of deaths resulting from alcohol, in reality, is much higher, considering that these statistics only account for a 5th of problem drinkers (those that actively engaged in alcohol treatment in London).
Alcohols Strain on London’s A&E Departments
London’s government has reported that 70% of all A&E attendances at peak times over the weekends are alcohol misuse related; with 35% alcohol harm patients accounting for all attendances to London’s emergency departments.
Alcohol misuse and heavy drinking are also strongly linked to domestic violence, criminality, acts of violence, disorderly public behaviour and road traffic accidents.
With London currently reporting the highest levels of alcohol consumption (per region), the consequences associated with alcohol harm are also at alarmingly high levels – Thus placing substantial pressure on the government to make London safe again.
How Government Cuts To Alcohol Services Affect Londoners
If you live in the London area and require alcohol treatment, the funding cuts to NHS services may well mean that you cannot access the level of support needed in order for a full recovery to be possible. This is especially true for those that have a chronic alcohol misuse problem or are alcohol dependent.
London (along with all other areas of the UK), has suffered a huge slash in government funding to its community alcohol services. This has happened consecutively over the past 4-5 years.
The consequences of alcohol treatment funding cuts for London, mean that fewer people are able to access and engage in appropriate levels of addiction treatment. If you have a dependence on alcohol or alcohol addiction, then you need to be aware that this is a life-limiting condition that should be treated immediately.
Excess alcohol consumption has severe short term and long term consequences for the body, it also heavily impacts on mental health. Many suffering with an alcohol addiction would benefit from an alcohol detox and alcohol rehabilitation programme. The actuality is that this level of intensive alcohol treatment is rarely available through the NHS. Government funding for alcohol rehab is scarce, so what help can you access if you are alcohol dependent and living in the London area?
Affordable Alcohol Rehab in London
Most individuals who have no previous experience of private alcohol rehab will understandably assume that alcohol rehab in London is too expensive and inaccessible.
The good news is that whilst there are some very expensive luxury rehabs in London, PCP provides the perfect solution of affordable alcohol treatment delivered by our CQC registered alcohol rehab in Clapham, London.
Our Clapham, London alcohol rehab provides very personalised and bespoke alcohol treatment within highly desirable surroundings. Decorated to an exceptionally high standard, this is luxury alcohol treatment centre that is affordable by most. Furthermore, we accept urgent alcohol rehab admissions 24/7.
To explore your treatment options and learn how we can help you or a loved one to recover from alcohol addiction, please call us direct or complete and return our online assessment form.
Accessing professional alcohol treatment in London doesn’t have to cost a fortune, call us today to find out more.
London.gov.uk – https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/health/tackling-alcohol-misuse-london
Public Health England – NDTMS – National Drug Treatment Monitoring System – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/752993/AdultSubstanceMisuseStatisticsfromNDTMS2017-18.pdf