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Alcohol and harm: where are we?

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There are in excess of 600,000 dependent drinkers in England and in the UK in 2020 there were almost 9,000 alcohol-specific deaths.

Alcohol misuse is the biggest risk factor to death, ill health and disability among 15–49 year olds in the UK. In England in 2019–20 there were 976,425 hospital admissions related to alcohol consumption, 12% higher than in 2016–17. Alcohol is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including cancer, high blood pressure, cirrhosis and depression.

From 2009–2019, the price of alcohol decreased by 5% relative to retail prices and became 13% more affordable than in 2008.

The 2023 Annual School of Medicine Symposium addresses these problems with a panel of leading experts in the field.

Our evening event runs from 6-8pm, with the registration desk open from 5.30pm.

CME points applied for.

Our speakers

Sir Ian Gilmore MA MD FRCP
Past President of Royal College of Physicians
University of Liverpool
Chair, Alcohol Health Alliance UK
Liverpool Centre for Alcohol Research

Professor Mark Thurz MD FRCP
Professor of Hepatology, Imperial College
Consultant Hepatologist, St Mary’s Hospital London

Professor Colin Drummond MD FRCP FRCPsych FFPH FRCGP (Hon)
Professor of Addiction Psychiatry, National Addiction Centre
Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

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