MPs have called on the Department of Health to do more to tackle the increasing level of alcohol misuse in England.

The demand came after the public accounts committee found that many primary care trusts lacked “much idea” of their spending on dependent drinkers - which the committee said would increase the risk of relapse.

Reducing Alcohol Harm: health services in England for alcohol misuse also complains that different government departments are not co-operating well on issues like licensing, glass sizes and taxation.

The chairman of the committee, Edward Leigh MP, admitted that the burden on local health services was “huge”, but the responsibility for addressing misuse lay with the PCTs - which had failed in many cases to make plans to address the problem.

Mr Leigh added: “Too many people are drinking too much. In doing so, many are on course to damaging their health and general wellbeing.”