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Social Costs of Alcohol misuse in Norhtern Ireland for 2008/09

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Public Health Information and Research Branch, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Subject Keywords: Study to estimate the overall social costs of alcohol misuse in Northern Ireland
Topic: Health Economics (Draft)
Chronic Conditions
Type: Report
Region: United Kingdom
Description:

In 2009, the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) appointed FGS McClure Watters, in partnership with the York Health Economics Consortium, to undertake a review of the social costs of alcohol misuse in Northern Ireland.
 
Reducing drug and alcohol misuse is a central strand of DHSSPS’s efforts to improve public health across Northern Ireland, and the Department has actively engaged in this area over the course of recent years through its New Strategic Direction for Alcohol and Drugs (NSD).
 
The NSD sets out a number of aims for the reduction of alcohol-related harm, among both younger and older sections of the population for Northern Ireland as a whole and at subregional levels.
 
This study sets out to estimate the overall social costs of alcohol misuse in Northern Ireland, encompassing a number of key themes:
• Healthcare, in terms of additional visits to GPs, hospital inpatient stays and visits to hospitals as outpatients;
 
• Social work and additional services carried out by Health and Social Care Trusts on community care and children’s services;
 
• Public safety, in relation to additional activity by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service;
 
• Criminal justice, in terms of additional work generated for the Northern Ireland Court Service, Public Prosecution Service, Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission and Northern Ireland Prison Service; and
 
• Wider economic costs, including the impact of alcohol misuse on factors such as unemployment and absenteeism.

Date:

01/06/2010

Rights: © FGS McClure Watters 2010
Suggested citation:

Public Health Information and Research Branch, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. (2010) Social Costs of Alcohol misuse in Norhtern Ireland for 2008/09 [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/80952 [Accessed: 26th March 2019].

  

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