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Britain's drinking 'getting worse'

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Alcohol is creating an "unsustainable burden" on the NHS according to a report from the NHS confederation and the Royal College of physicians.

The managers and doctors say that treating alcohol related conditions in England now costs over £2.7bn a year and they warn the increasing costs could cripple NHS hospitals.

NHS Confederation director of policy Nigel Edwards discusses the scale of the problem.

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