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PHE reports more problem drinkers are recovering

A new report published today, Alcohol Treatment in England 2013-14, shows that the alcohol treatment system is working well with a 5% increase in the number of people in treatment and 6% more overcoming their dependency than last year. Waiting times also continue to fall – with 93% waiting less than three weeks to start treatment.

Around 9 million adults drink at levels that pose some risk to their health. Of these, 1.6 million adults show some signs of dependence. Structured alcohol treatment plays a vital role along with less intensive support in preventing and reducing harm and promoting recovery.

John Jolly, Blenheim CEO said:

“At Blenheim we provide drug and alcohol recovery support to over 9.700 people in London and are delighted to report that 40%of people accessing our services last year with problematic drinking overcame their dependency.

For us it is not only about the statistics but each individual’s journey through their recovery. At its heart Blenheim’s work is focused on the individual and their holistic needs: the need for friendship, love, employment, somewhere to live, something to eat, support with often deeply troubled lives, and a range of physical and mental health problems.”

Rosanna O’Connor, Director of Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco at Public Health England said:

“Alcohol presents complex social challenges, and tackling its devastating harm on individuals, families and communities is everyone’s business. An estimated 21,500 deaths every year are alcohol-related.”

“It’s encouraging that the treatment system is succeeding in putting people in touch with the support they need, and while increasing numbers are overcoming their dependence, there is much more to do. Reversing this harm requires collaboration across all health and care organisations. Public Health England has already made alcohol one of its priorities and we urge our partners – in local government, the NHS and across the criminal justice system – to do the same.”

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