The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is a founding member of the Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA), a group of more than 50 health and alcohol organisations. We work together to promote evidence-based policies to reduce the damage caused by alcohol misuse.
The AHA’s key recommendations are based on clear evidence that the most effective way to reduce the harm from alcohol is to reduce its affordability, availability and attractiveness:
In 2015, 8,758 people in England died as a result of disease known to be related to alcohol. Among those aged 15 to 49 in England, alcohol is now the leading risk factor for ill health, early mortality and disability.
Alcohol is the fifth leading risk factor for ill health across all age groups. Alcohol misuse costs the NHS an estimated £3.5 billion a year, and the UK economy between £27–52 billion a year.
For a detailed account of the impact of alcohol on public health and the effectiveness of alcohol control policies, read the AHA’s manifesto Health First or download Public Health England’s 2016 review of alcohol control policies.