|Alcohol Research UK|
In a time when increasing demands are being placed on ever more stretched NHS budgets, alcohol places a substantial burden on the healthcare system, estimated at over £3.3billion each year. Alcohol is also a major driver of socioeconomic inequalities in health, which place an additional burden on society. The successful grants, which will run for 18 months, will provide new evidence to policy makers and healthcare professionals on the impact of alcohol on Primary Care and the potential of Primary Care-based interventions to alter this.
"We are developing new methods to make use of a vast dataset of primary care records in collaborations with partners at the Universities of Nottingham and Newcastle." (Duncan Gillespie)
The findings will help to engage Primary Care professionals and policy makers as stakeholders in alcohol harm reduction.
"This is an opportunity to understand the financial burden that alcohol imposes on primary care, and the actions that primary care practitioners are taking to reduce this burden." (Duncan Gillespie)