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[NICE] (2012) Local government public health briefings: alcohol. London: NICE. 14 p.

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This briefing summarises NICE's recommendations for UK local authorities and their partner organisations on how to reduce the harm caused by alcohol. It supports local government in its public health role, including its leadership of health and wellbeing boards. The briefing also supports local authorities in their duty to commission alcohol misuse prevention and treatment interventions.

Data submitted by the Department of Health to the Health Select Committee (Government's alcohol strategy. Third report of session 2012–13) estimate the costs of alcohol misuse as follows:
NHS in England – £3.5 billion per year (at 2009/10 costs).
Crime in England – £11 billion per year (at 2010/11 costs).
Lost productivity in the UK – £7.3 billion per year (at 2009/10 costs).

The submission estimates that the total cost to society is about £21 billion per year. (This does not include the impact of alcohol misuse on families and communities.)

Local authorities, in collaboration with their local partners:
• can influence where and when alcohol is consumed or sold
• can enforce laws on underage sales
• have an important role in ensuring licensed premises operate responsibly and collaborate to reduce alcohol-related harm
• have a role in promoting and advising people about sensible drinking
• have responsibility for commissioning alcohol prevention and specialist treatment
• have responsibility for Health Check which, from April 2013 will include an assessment of how much alcohol someone drinks (NHS Health Check assessments are carried out nationwide on eligible adults aged 40–74).


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Guideline
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:NICE
Date:October 2012
Pages:14 p.
Publisher:NICE
Place of Publication:London
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Problem substance use
B Substances > Alcohol
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic policy
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention > Substance use harm reduction
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic aspects of substance use (cost / pricing)
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use
G Health and disease > Public health
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Programme planning, implementation, and evaluation > Programme planning (strategy)
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Harm reduction policy

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