Alcohol-related deaths in the United Kingdom, 2010:
- In 2010 there were 8,790 alcohol-related deaths in the UK, 126 more than in 2009 (8,664);
- There are more alcohol-related deaths in males than in females, with 67 per cent of all alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2010 being male;
- Alcohol-related death rates were highest for those aged 55-74 and lowest for those aged under 35 over the last ten years;
- UK males aged 55-74 years showed a sharp and statistically significant increase in alcohol-related death rate from 41.8 per 100,000 in 2009 to 45.2 per 100,000 in 2010.
Alcohol and crime: a snapshot
When it comes to crime, alcohol use has a big impact. Recent crime statistics show that:
- in 45 per cent of all violent crimes, the victims believed their attackers had been drinking
- 37 per cent of domestic violence cases involve alcohol
- in 2007-08, more than a million crimes involved alcohol use in some way
Source – ONS
- If drivers have any alcohol in their blood system, they are to be fined £1,000, plus costs, and have six points deducted from their licence;
- If drivers caused death whilst under the influence of alcohol, they are to be jailed for manslaughter, and have their driving licence revoked permanently;
- If drivers cause injuries to passengers or pedestrians whilst under the influence of alcohol, they are to fined £5,000, plus costs, sent to prison for at least 3 years, and have their licence revoked for five years;
- If non-drivers cause injuries to others, whilst under the influence of alcohol, they are to also to be fined £5,000, plus cost, and sent to prison for at least 5 years;
- Alcohol only to be sold in non-chain supermarkets at twice the cost price, as a minimum, and only to those over 18 years of age;
- Limits to be set as to how much alcohol can be bought at each visit to the retailer;
- Alcohol only to be served in licensed premises which meet certain criteria:
- No alcohol served after 10.00 pm;
- No alcohol served to anyone under 18 years of age;
- Only staff with an officially-recognised certificate to serve alcohol (see below)
- The licence is held by the premises, not the individual, and has to be renewed annually;
- All premises which wish to serve alcohol, must also serve a range of food;
- All intoxicated members of the public to be asked to leave the premises;
- All security staff to be registered by the local council and have been on an appropriate course, approved by the Government;
- If anyone is found intoxicated in a public area, they are to be fined up to £500.
All staff serving alcohol to members of the public, and at events held outside the home, must have a Certificate of Alcohol Awareness and Legal Status. This Certificate is to cover the following units:
- The law surrounding alcohol;
- An overview of the types and strengths of alcohol;
- Strategies in dealing with intoxicated and other difficult customers;
- Customer service standards;
- Health, Safety and well-being of staff and customers (including recognising allergic reactions to alcohol and food).
A regular media campaign is utilised to encourage sensible drinking.
As part of a wider drug-awareness programme in secondary schools, alcohol awareness is taught.