Mental Health: Alcoholic Drinks

Health written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new diagnoses of (a) depression and (b) dementia there were in the last year for which figures are available; and in how many such cases the consumption of alcohol was a direct causal factor.

Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Minister of State (the East Midlands), Regional Affairs, Minister of State (the East Midlands), Department of Health

Data are not collected centrally on the number of newly diagnosed cases of depression or dementia in any given year, nor are data collected centrally on the proportion of alcohol-related cases of depression or dementia.

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Dee Speers
Posted on 11 Feb 2010 10:40 am (Report this annotation)

"Data are not collected centrally on the number of newly diagnosed cases of depression or dementia in any given year, nor are data collected centrally on the proportion of alcohol-related cases of depression or dementia!

Then please tell me what evidence National Policy, guidance and targets are based on?
If expert opinion is sought then are the recommendations made to Government statutory or optional?

If so much is "not held centrally" what lessons can Parliament ever learn?