Alcohol-related presentations to hospital have been increasing in the United Kingdom, with one of the major causes of such admissions being the occurrence of acute withdrawal symptoms. In response to this, the RADAR (Rapid Access to Alcohol Detox Acute Referral) service was established in Greater Manchester as an innovative pathway from A&E departments into specialist detox facilities. The RADAR service has four main aims: reducing the burden on acute trusts, improving clinical outcomes for service users, providing improved experience for service users in a therapeutic setting and demonstrating cost-effectiveness. The Centre for Public Health conducted an evaluation of RADAR to explore experiences and cost-effectiveness. Service users and stakeholders described positive experiences and felt that RADAR provides specialist support which makes a difference to people’s lives. Six months after discharge, just over half of those who could be contacted reported either being abstinent or being controlled drinkers. This reduction in the levels of alcohol consumption resulted in fewer contacts with Acute Hospitals, with reductions in both the number of A&E attendances and nights in hospital being reported. The cost-effectiveness analysis of RADAR suggests that the service is cost-effective, with a projected saving of £ 1,320,921 over a 12 month period.