About the Local Alcohol Profiles for England

Alcohol misuse is the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability among 15-49 year olds in the UK, and the fifth biggest risk factor across all ages. Alcohol is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including: mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancers, high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver, and depression.

The indicators contained within this profile were selected following consultation with stakeholders and a review of the availability of routine data. The Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) are part of a series of products by Public Health England that provide local data alongside national comparisons to support local health improvement.

Alcohol use has health and social consequences borne by individuals, their families, and the wider community. The aim of LAPE is to provide information for local government, health organisations, commissioners and other agencies to monitor the impact of alcohol on local communities, and to monitor the services and initiatives that have been put in place to prevent and reduce the harmful impact of alcohol.

The tool allows you to compare your local authority against other local authorities in the region and benchmark your local authority against the England or regional average.

What’s new in the tool in September 2023?

  • New data for: Number of premises licensed to sell alcohol per square kilometre;
  • March 2023 includes new data for: alcohol-specific mortality, alcohol-related mortality, mortality from chronic liver disease, alcohol-specific admissions, alcohol-related admissions (Broad), alcohol-related admissions (Narrow), alcohol-related admissions (Narrow): <40s, alcohol-related admissions (Narrow): 40-64, alcohol-related admissions (Narrow): 65+, alcohol-related admissions (Narrow) for unintentional injuries, alcohol-related admissions (Narrow) for mental and behavioural disorders, alcohol-related admissions (Narrow) for intentional self-poisoning due to exposure to alcohol, alcohol-related admissions (Broad) for cardiovascular disease, alcohol-related admissions (Broad) for mental and behavioural disorders, alcohol-related admissions (Broad) for alcoholic liver disease;
  • Note: Impact of updated mid-year population estimates on Fingertips indicators

    ONS have released 2021 mid-year population estimates, based on the results of the 2021 Census. They are not comparable with estimates for previous years. Rebased estimates for 2012 to 2020 will be published in due course. Indicators which use mid-year population estimates as their denominators are affected by this change. Where an indicator has been updated to 2021, the non-comparable historical data are not available through Fingertips or in the API, but are made available in csv format through a link in the indicator metadata. Comparable back series data will be added once the rebased populations are available.

In addition to the standard indicators, LAPE contains data for hospital admissions broken down by age and cause. These data, along with additional data, reports, method documents and supporting documents that may be of use, can be found within the Further resources section. A list of changes made to the profiles in each update from February 2017 can be found here.