Matt Lambert, CEO of the Portman Group – the alcohol social responsibility body and marketing regulator said:

“It would normally be welcome to see a fall in alcohol hospital admissions, however today’s statistics do not provide a full and representative picture as the figures are from the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when general admissions were down. As such it remains unclear how this trend will develop.

“We repeat our call for the Government to take targeted measures to help those drinking at the heaviest and most harmful rates, who have been hit hard by the effects of the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.”