17 More facts


  1. Nearly one in three men and one in five women drink more than the NHS recommended weekly unit guidelines for alcohol.
  2. 17 million working days in the UK are lost to alcohol-related sickness every year.
  3. Regularly drinking over the recommended guidelines increases your chances of suffering from health problems including a number of cancers, stroke and liver disease.
  4. A standard bottle of wine contains approximately 660 calories – equivalent to a large slice of chocolate cake.
  5. Liver disease is the fifth biggest killer in England and Wales, after heart disease, cancer, stroke and lung disease. It is the only major cause of death still increasing year-on-year.
  6. 76,000 facial injuries in the UK each year are linked to drunken violence.
  7. £6.4bn is lost to the UK economy through alcohol related sickness absence, the inability to work and premature deaths.
  8. Alcohol related sickness absence alone costs the UK about £1.5bn.
  9. Alcohol is the only major cause of death still increasing year-on-year.
  10. Liver disease is the fifth biggest killer in England and Wales, after heart disease, cancer, stroke and lung disease.
  11. A combination of obesity and alcohol further increase the risk of liver disease.
  12. The average man drinks more alcohol than the average woman.
  13. 8,790 deaths were related to alcohol in the UK in 2010, with two thirds (5890) being men.
  14. The 55-74 age group had the highest level of alcohol related deaths in 2010.
  15. Alcoholic liver disease accounted for nearly two thirds of all alcohol-related deaths in 2010.
  16. Alcohol-related illness or injury accounts for over 1 million hospital admissions per year in England.
  17. £2.7 billion is spent on treating the severe effects of alcohol misuse.