Alcohol and Men's Mental Health

One of the oldest problems in Man's history is excessive drinking, and only recently in Britain, we have begun to benefit from new approaches to the problem.

Like many men in the UK, I like a drink with friends, family and social gatherings, and yes on my own.

When drinking alone is it because it's been a tough day at the home office or at work, or do you have a couple of glasses because you want to relax and unwind?

The relationship we have with alcohol is very personal, and some of us are aware as to why we drink moderately or in excess, and the health consequences concerning alcohol consumption, however, there are some of us that aren’t aware or more worryingly are in denial.

I personally decided one day to make the call to the AA Great Britain free helpline to discuss my relationship with alcohol, and the just taking the action and having the call was liberating.


I'm pleased to know from the call that initial feeling was that I'm not someone who is dependent on alcohol. The key here is that I've recognised I need to moderate my drinking to remain healthy and especially at this stage of my life being 55.


I'm going to a few meeting to learn more about alcohol and how it's devastating effects. 

If you feel you have a problem with drinking, or you simply want more information for yourself or a friend or family member, make the call.

To close, I want to introduce you to some statistics to raise your awareness concerning alcohol so you can take the necessary action by seeking advice if you feel that you may have a relationship with alcohol which may need looking at closely.


Did you know ......?
  • 24% of adults in England and Scotland regularly drink over the Chief Medical Officer’s low-risk guidelines, and 27% of drinkers in Great Britain binge drink on their heaviest drinking days (over 8 units for men.

  • In the UK, in 2016 there were 9,214 alcohol-related deaths (around 15 per 100,000 people). The mortality rates are highest among people aged 55-69.

  • In the UK in 2017 there were 7,697 alcohol-specific deaths (around 12.2 per 100,000 people). This is the highest level since 2008.

  • In England, there are an estimated 589,101 dependent drinkers (2016/17), of whom 81.7% are not accessing treatment.

  • Alcohol misuse is the most significant risk factor for death, ill-health and disability among 15-49 year-olds in the UK, and the fifth most significant risk factor across all ages.

  • While the price of alcohol has increased by 33% over the last 10 years, it remains 64% more affordable than it was in 1980.



Did you know that Alcohol is a factor in more than 60 medical conditions?


  • Alcohol is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancers; high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver; and depression.

  • In England in 2016/17, there were an estimated 1.13 million hospital admissions related to alcohol consumption (7% of all hospital admissions), 67% higher than ten years previously. In the same period, there were 337,000 admissions for conditions directly caused by alcohol, 17% higher than ten years earlier.

  • In Wales in 2012/13, there were 34,000 alcohol-related hospital admissions.

  • In Scotland in 2017/18, there were around 35,500 alcohol-related hospital admissions.

  • In the UK in 2017, alcohol-specific death rates were highest among 60-64-year-old males.

  • In 2017, Scotland’s death rate was 20.5 per 100,000, England’s was 11.1 per 100,000, Wales’ was 13.5 per 100,000 and Northern Ireland’s was 17.4 per 100,000.

  • Males accounted for 66% of all alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2016.

  • In England in 2016, the alcohol-related mortality rate of men in the most disadvantaged socio-economic class is 56% times higher than for men in the least disadvantaged class.

  • In England and Wales, 63% of all deaths relating to the misuse of alcohol in 2016 were caused by alcohol liver disease.

  • Northern Ireland’s alcohol-specific death rate was 40% higher in 2017 than in 2001.

  • Scotland is the only country to experience a decrease in death rates since 2001, but still has the highest rate of alcohol-specific deaths in 2017. Scotland’s alcohol-specific death rate was 21% lower in 2017 than in 2001.

  • It was estimated that 24,202 deaths in 2017 were caused by alcohol in England.

  • In 2015 in Scotland, there were 3,705 deaths attributable to alcohol among adults over 16 years old which is 6.5% of the total number of deaths.

  • In Wales, approximately 1,500 deaths are attributable to alcohol consumption each year, which is 1 in 20 of all deaths.

  • Liver disease is one of the few major causes of premature mortality that is increasing, and deaths have increased by around 40% in a decade. Hospital admissions due to liver disease in England have increased by 44% in the last 8 years.

  • The number of older people over the age of 65 admitted to hospitals in England for alcohol-related conditions has risen by 14% since 2008/09, while alcohol-specific admissions for under-18s fell by 53% between 2008/09 and 2014/15.

No all doom and gloom

Since 2005, the overall amount of alcohol consumed in the UK, the proportion of people reporting drinking, and the amount drinkers report consuming have all fallen.

This trend is especially pronounced among younger drinkers.


Reducing serious alcohol harm across society is not a simple job as alcohol plays such a central part in our society and culture. Every year in the UK, alcohol-related harm leads to thousands of lives lost, and hundreds of thousands more damaged.


Support Alcohol Change to improve and save lives across the UK.


Need Help and Support?

If you need to reach out to Alcoholics Anonymous Great Britain

Call our National Helpline FREE on 0800 9177 650


+44 (0) 7973 324285

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