Turning Point statement on Alcohol Guidelines report

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Commenting on the Science and Technology Committee's Alcohol Guidelines report, released today, Turning Point's Director of Substance Misuse Services, Selina Douglas said:

"We agree that advising people to have two alcohol free days a week could be a beneficial addition to the safe drinking guidelines.  It's also important to intervene at the earliest opportunity before alcohol problems spiral out of control. But we mustn't forget about those who are already dependent on alcohol and to address the lack of appropriate treatment for these dependent drinkers.

"Turning Point's report from last month, Bottling It Up: the Next Generation revealed that around 1.6 million people in Britain are dependent drinkers including parents. It is also estimated that the cost of alcohol to the economy is £20 billion a year. Most of this cost can be attributed to heavy and dependent drinkers, yet we spend little more than £200 million on treatment a year and opportunities to truly recover from alcohol dependencies remain out of reach for the majority of heavy drinkers."