Interesting BBC article from earlier this year detailing the increase in prescribing of alcohol dependency drugs. Especially relevant is the following excerpt:
'Kingsley Manning, chair of the HSCIC, said: "Today's report highlights one of the areas of impact that alcohol dependence has on our NHS. The fact there has been a rise of nearly 70% in the prescribing of alcohol dependence drugs over the last decade is striking.
"These data provide an insight into the effect of alcohol on services, and will offer a better understanding to the public, health professionals and policymakers into this ongoing public health issue." '