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Health written question – answered on 16th May 2002.

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Photo of Evan Harris Evan Harris Liberal Democrat, Oxford West and Abingdon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost to the NHS of treating alcohol-related illness in each of the last five years.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

The information available is shown in the table.

Estimated cost of alcohol misuse to the NHS in England and Wales, 1999
£ million
In-patient costs—direct alcohol diagnosis 52
In-patient costs—other alcohol related diagnosis 152
General practice costs 4
Total 207


Godfrey, C., Harman, G.: Changing the social costs of alcohol. Final report to the AERC. York: Centre for Health Economics, university of York, 1994 (updated by Department of Health (EOR)).

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