Problem drinkers and smoker who end up in hospital will be helped by new services, according the NHS Long Term Plan.
The schemes come alongside action on obesity and diabetes as part of a renewed focus on prevention that will benefit patients and make the NHS fit for the future, by curbing demands on the health service.
Alcohol Care Teams will be rolled out in hospitals and will support patients and their families who have issues with alcohol misuse and will be delivered in the 25% worst affected parts of the country.
Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive, said: “Drinking to excess can destroy families, with the NHS too often left to pick up the pieces.
“Alcohol and tobacco addiction remain two of the biggest causes of ill health and early death, and the right support can save lives.
“The NHS long term plan delivers a sea-change in care for a range of major conditions like cancer, mental ill health and heart disease, as well as stepping up to do more on preventing ill health in the first place by giving patients the support they need to take greater control of their own health and stay fitter longer.”
Alcohol-related admissions to hospital have grown by 17% over the last decade and is estimated to cost the NHS in England £3.5 billion every year.
Deborah Arnott, chief executive of health charity ASH, said: “From cancer to cardio-vascular and respiratory disease, dementia to diabetes, and maternity to mental health, stopping smoking improves patients’ life expectancy and quality of life and reduces pressure on our overburdened NHS.
“So we’re delighted the NHS long-term plan includes provision of support to stop smoking for pregnant women, people with mental health conditions and all patients admitted to hospital. We look forward to publication of the detailed plans, and the timetable for implementation.”