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Key Facts:

  • There were 388 adults in alcohol treatment in Bath and North East Somerset during 2012-13. This reflects an increase in the numbers of clients entering alcohol treatment since 2009.
  • Completing alcohol treatment in Bath and North east Somerset successfully has risen from 42% in 2009 to 57% 2012/13.

Alcohol Treatment in Bath and North East Somerset

Bath and North East Somerset is generally better than nationally with respect to alcohol treatment statistics.

  • Average length of latest treatment (2010/11)(years) 0.6 (nationally 0.7)
  • There were 388 adults in alcohol treatment in Bath and North East Somerset during 2012-13. This reflects an increase in the numbers of clients entering alcohol treatment since 2009 whilst reducing waiting times of more than  3 weeks from 3% to 2%. 1

Alcohol-numbers of people in treatment bar graph

Figure 1: Number of people accessing alcohol treatment in Bath and North East Somerset 2

  • According to Public Health England, in the financial year 2011/12 in B&NES, there were 162.2 parents who lived with their child or children, attending treatment for alcohol per 100,000 children aged 0-15 in the area. This was similar to England (147.2) and the South West (120.8). 3
  • Completing alcohol treatment in Bath and North east Somerset successfully has risen from 42% in 2009 to 57% 2012/13. 4


The proportion of adults in treatment for Substance Misuse who also have an alcohol problem is higher than national – 38% (nationally 21%) 5

During 2013/14 there will be a one year pilot Enhanced Alcohol Liaison Service for Bath and North East Somerset residents. Key aims include reducing length of hospital stay, improving engagement in treatment, improved detection of alcohol misuse and improved quality of care. 6

Waiting times for alcohol treatment 7

This is length of time clients waited to access treatment for the first intervention they received. In B&NES, 100% of individuals waited less than three weeks to start treatment (N = 310), compared to 93% nationally (2013-14)

Routes into treatment 8

Figure 2 - routes into alcohol treatment in B&NES and nationally

Compared to national figures, B&NES notably has a higher proportion of self-referral clients and referrals from the criminal justice system, but a lower proprtion of hospital admissions.

What does the community say?

Consultation for Bath and North East Somerset Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy for 2010 – 2012 9

During 2010 a wide range of stakeholders in Bath and North East Somerset were involved in identifying priorities for action which informed the development of the Bath and North East Somerset Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy for 2010 – 2012.

The top 8 priorities identified from the consultation process were:

  • Increase treatment capacity for local people who misuse alcohol.
  • Identification of people in Bath and North East Somerset who misuse alcohol and are offered brief interventions through primary care and other settings.
  • Set up a Bath and North East Somerset Alcohol Harm Reduction Implementation Group reporting to Health and Wellbeing Partnership
  • Board and the Responsible Authorities Group.
  • Understand more clearly our approach to identifying, reducing risk, and supporting children of problem drinkers.
  • Develop a code spelling out the clear and consistent messages around alcohol and the behaviour expected of Bath and North East Somerset citizens and visitors
  • Identify the key local indicators and information sources for alcohol misuse priorities
  • Develop a comprehensive care pathway for people with alcohol misuse in Bath and North East Somerset that is clear to users, citizens, commissioners, and providers.
  • Contribute to the big society initiative and engage local communities and citizens on reducing alcohol related harm.

What can we realistically change?

The Sustainable Community Strategy sets out what type of place Bath & North East Somerset should become. Top priorities for local residents include the need for activities for teenagers, reducing the level of crime, cleanliness of streets, and the level of pollution. Alcohol misuse can impact adversely on all of these. 10

Nationally, only an estimated 5.6% of those who are thought to be alcohol dependent are accessing alcohol treatment each year. Due to the effectiveness of treatment, it has been estimated that if this rose to 10% of the alcohol dependent population receiving alcohol treatment, public sector costs nationally would be reduced by between £109 million and £156 million annually. 11

It is recommended, to provide a medium level service, that at least 15% of dependent drinkers receive treatment. 12