Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th January 2019.

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Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) cost-effectiveness of alcohol care teams in hospitals.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Public Health England (PHE) assessed alcohol care teams (ACTs) in hospitals in the guidance ‘Local health and care planning: menu of preventative interventions’, which supports local planning processes and informs local commissioning strategies and plans. PHE found ACTs to be an effective and cost-effective option for National Health Service sustainability and transformation partnerships to consider helping reduce the harm to individuals, including to those whose alcohol use impacts most heavily on NHS health services, such as repeat hospital admissions. The guidance is available at the following link:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-health-and-care-planning-menu-of-preventative-interventions

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