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New report reveals impact of alcohol on emergency services

Survey of frontline workers in England shows that alcohol takes up half of the time of emergency services.

A survey of frontline workers in England shows that alcohol takes up as much as half of the time of emergency services.  The issue is particularly acute for police, for whom 53% of their workload, on average, is alcohol related.

However, even fire and rescue teams, who reported being the least affected of the emergency services by alcohol, typically spent one in five working hours dealing with the consequences of drinking.

The survey carried out by the Institute of Alcohol Studies, also reveals how common it is for frontline emergency staff to experience drunken physical, sexual and verbal abuse.

The full report is published on the IAS website, along with a short animation film publicising the findings.