Turning Point responds to ONS bulletin ‘Drinking Habits Amongst Adults 2012’

News item posted: 04 April 2014

In response to the ONS statistical bulletin released today, 'Drinking Habits Amongst Adults 2012', Selina Douglas, Turning Point's Managing Director for Substance Misuse and Offending, said;

"Whilst it is good to see a fall in the overall number of men and women drinking, this bulletin clearly shows we still have a long way to go in terms of addressing our drinking habits in the UK.

The bulletin shows that younger adults were less likely to have drunk frequently, but more likely to have drunk heavily. The opposite was true for older adults, who were more likely to have drunk frequently, but less likely to have drunk heavily. This shows us that providing person centred support tailored to the individual's needs is essential. We cannot rely on a 'one size fits all' model.

Alcohol misuse remains a huge problem in this country. The Department of Health estimates that the harmful use of alcohol costs the NHS in England around £3.5 billion a year. There is an economic as well as ethical imperative to get this right. Early intervention, including providing appropriate support within the community, needs to be prioritised if we are to address the huge cost we pay in this country for alcohol misuse."