The Office of National Statistics is consulting on the future of its statistical outputs in the light of significant budget cuts. Alcohol Research UK recognise that in these circumstances very difficult decisions need to be made; however, it is imperative that data collection on alcohol consumption is maintained. This information plays a critical role in supporting policymaking, public understanding, social research and alcohol harm reduction. Without these datasets, the capacity for Government to make informed decisions about alcohol policy will be severely undermined.
Alcohol Research UK have responded to the consultation by calling in particular for the following outputs to be protected:
- The General Lifestyle Reports on smoking and drinking
- The annual statistical bulletin on alcohol-related deaths in the UK
- The decennial analysis of social inequality and alcohol-related cause of death
We encourage all stakeholders – from the research, policy, treatment and business communities – to call for these crucial outputs to be maintained.
The consultation closes on 31st October 2013.