More people drinking themselves to death than ever before
Deaths due to alcohol at its highest level in England since records began.
Someone is admitted to hospital every 30 seconds where drinking was a factor.
There were 5,843 deaths in 2017 where alcohol was the primary cause.
Liver disease accounts for around 80 per cent of these.
Up 6 per cent on previous year, and 17 per cent in a decade.
Over-40s account for 80 per cent of deaths.
Positive note is that overall numbers drinking to unsafe levels has dropped.