Alcohol consumption will increase due to the epidemic

Excessive drinking at home during the epidemic in England is leading to a rise in alcohol – relate deaths and illnesses, it has been warn.

The work is advise even in the best case by people commission for the NHS. It suggests there could be up to 1,830 extra deaths over two decades.

Even if drinking levels are cut before the epidemic. Experts say the worst-case scenario could be as many as 25,000 and a million extra hospital admissions.

The 2 warnings come from two separate modeling studies by the Institute of Alcohol Studies and the University of Sheffield.

Alcohol-relate disease to cost the NHS billions Both sides agree that premature deaths and hospital admissions may increase.

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Not everyone drinks during a pandemic. Surveys suggest that, on average, light and moderate drinkers decrease their intake. But heavy drinkers drink even more.

Colin Angus, who led the study at the University of Sheffield, said: “These figures highlight how the impact of the epidemic on our drinking behavior can cast a shadow on our health and paint a worrying picture at a time when NHS services are falling apart, putting huge pressures on treatment delays.”

Studies show that heavy drinkers and those in low-drinking areas are likely to be disproportionately affect.

Nicola Bates, alcohol social responsibility and marketing regulator at the Portman Group, said: “Total alcohol consumption has fallen consistently over the past 10 years, with Britons drinking 15% less alcohol than they did 10 years ago.

“During peak periods, most people continue to drink in moderation, and this research shows that some light drinkers reduce their consumption.

“However, evidence suggests that there are a small minority of people who were already drinking at dangerous levels when the lockdowns began, and some of them drank more. The models present in this research assume strong but no intervention.

These minority drinkers are the ones most in need of support with target action and a focus policy response.”

Dr Sadie Boniface of The Institute of Alcohol Studies said: “This research should serve as a wake-up call to take the dangers of alcohol seriously as part of a recovery plan from the epidemic.”

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