Drugs: Misuse

Health written question – answered on 6th February 2008.

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Photo of Don Touhig Don Touhig Labour, Islwyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been diagnosed with (a) alcohol, (b) drug and (c) gambling addictions by a GP in England in the last five years.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

This information is not collected centrally.

However, the 'Alcohol Needs Assessment Research Project' (ANARP) provided a snapshot of general practitioner (GP) outcomes in 2003-04.

ANARP showed that, of their patients, GPs identified one in 28 males and one in 20 females as alcohol dependent; and not all dependent drinkers visit their GP, so this statistic does not reflect on the level of dependency in the population as a whole, estimated by ANARP at 6 per cent., for males and 2 per cent., for females.

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