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Estimates of alcohol dependence in England, including estimates of children living in a household with an adult with alcohol dependence, by Sheffield University

PHE and the Department of Health commissioned the University of Sheffield to provide prevalence estimates of adult alcohol dependence and of the number of children living with alcohol dependent adults. These have been published today, alongside the government policy paper ‘Improving Lives: helping workless families’.

The prevalence estimates include:

  • national and local authority estimates of the number of alcohol dependent adults in need of specialist assessment and treatment
  • the number of alcohol dependent adults who have children living in the household at a national level
  • the number of children living in a household with an adult with alcohol dependence at a national level

The full report, including a detailed technical description of the methodology used, is available here.

This is the first time estimates of the number of alcohol dependent adults at upper tier local authority level have been available. These will be followed later this year with local treatment access rates.

Local estimates of the number of alcohol dependent adults who have children living in the household, and the number of children living with them will be available later this year (summer 2017).

PHE have commissioned further work to develop a more comprehensive picture of the impact of parental alcohol use on children.

‘Improving Lives: helping workless families’ has a supporting analysis and evidence pack which contains 9 indicators, including parental drug and alcohol dependence.

Local authority level parental drug and alcohol dependence recovery indicators have been published on the LGA’s LG Inform website.

Also released today, as part of ‘Improving Lives: helping workless families’, is an estimate of the number of illicit opiate users who have children living with them, based on 2011-12 prevalence data. PHE, in conjunction with Liverpool John Moores University, will be releasing 2014-15 national and local estimates of parental opiate use later this year (summer 2017).

 
 
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