Sadly, more than 20 people die every day from alcohol related issues in the UK, and this is increasing after the pandemic. In 2020 there were 7,423 deaths that occurred from alcohol misuse – up 20% from 2019. We're desperate to reverse this trend, any way we can.
It affects everyone and can be especially damaging for children. Kayleigh lost her dad when she was just 15:
'I loved my dad. He never showed that he was in any sort of pain or suffering when he was around me, and looking back, I realise how difficult that would've been for him.
'When he was admitted to hospital, I had the chance to visit him, but I didn't. Ever since that day I have lived with so much regret in my heart.
'He was on life support for weeks, fighting for his life. I remember my mum came into the kitchen and said, "Your dad has passed away in hospital." I had never felt those emotions before. I was 15. My heart hasn't been the same since.'
There are 220,000 children in England living with an alcohol dependent parent and the cost of alcohol to the NHS each year in England alone is £3.5 BILLION.
Yet alcohol harm isn't inevitable. Change is possible.
Alcohol Change UK are working hard to create this change. But we can't do it on our own. We need your help.
We want action now – will you sign up and help?