MPs have called on the Department of Health to make more impact on the increasing level of alcohol misuse in England.
The demand came after the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) found that many PCTs had ‘little idea’ of their spending on dependent drinkers - which the committee said would increase the risk of relapse.
The chairman of the PAC, Edward Leigh MP, admitted that the burden on local health services was ‘huge’, but the responsibility for addressing misuse lay with the PCTs - which had failed in many cases to make a plan of attack on the problem or new what money was going to local services.
The PAC recommendations were contained in a report, Reducing Alcohol Harm: Health Services in England for Alcohol Misuse, which also complains that different departments in Government were not co-operating well on issues like licensing, glass sizes and taxation.
Mr Leigh added: ‘Too many people are drinking too much. In doing so, many are on course to damaging their health and general well-being.’