The Portman Group releases alcohol statistics video

By Nikkie Sutton

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Statistics: the arbitrator has worked with government bodies to produce the video
Statistics: the arbitrator has worked with government bodies to produce the video

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The Portman Group has unveiled a video that shows official government statistics on drinking patterns in the UK.

The alcohol watchdog produced the video to provide an overview on a variety of trends in alcohol including binge-drinking​, underage drinking, alcohol-related crime and drink-driving​.

The video is based on data collected by official UK government agencies including the Office of National Statistics, Health and Social Care Information Centre (now called NHS Digital) and the Department for Transport.

The Portman Group chief executive Henry Ashworth said there has been significant declines in harmful drinking patterns nationwide.

Sensible drinking

He added: “The official government statistics show that today, the vast majority of adults are drinking safely and sensibly, and binge-drinking, underage drinking​ and alcohol-related crime have been declining for a decade.

“In the debate about alcohol in our society, these sustained and welcome trends are so often overlooked.

“Public, private and third-sector organisations are working hard to reduce alcohol misuse and it is time their achievements were given proper recognition."

Still work to do

Ashworth continued: “There is still work to do and should not forget that while the national picture is generally improving, there are still communities that suffer disproportionately from alcohol misuse.

“Alcohol is still linked to half of all violent incidents​ and alcohol-related hospital admissions are increasing among older age groups.

“These challenges need targeted, local interventions built on strong, effective partnerships between local authorities, health services, police, businesses and the voluntary sector.

“By working together, we can support those communities that need help and continue the positive trends we have seen over the past 10 years.”

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