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Alcohol admissions soar

23rd May 2008

A new NHS report has revealed that hospital admissions linked to alcohol use have more than doubled since 1995.


Figures from the NHS Information Centres show alcohol as the main or secondary cause of 207,800 NHS admissions in 2006/7, compared to 93,500 in 1995/96.

Admissions were for disease directly related to alcohol use such as liver problems but also where drink had contributed to injuries such as falls.

Combined with a 20% rise in the number of GP prescriptions for treating alcohol dependency in the past four years, the NHS Information Centre believes alcohol is placing a growing burden in the health service.

Chief executive Tim Straughan said: “These rises paint a worrying picture about the relationship between the population and the bottle.?

The latest data shows that in 2006 there were 6,500 deaths due to alcohol, up 19% from 2001 and that 10% of hospital admissions due to alcohol-related conditions were in people under the age of 18.

The highest rate of admission was in the north-west at 170 per 100,000, while the lowest was the east of England which had 72 per 100,000.

The NHS Information Centre alcohol said alcohol was 69% more affordable in 2007 than in 1980.

Liver specialist Dr Varuna Aluvihare from Kings College Hospital said younger age groups are drinking huge quantities.

“We are seeing people in their 20s and 30s. When I started practising, we saw people in their 50s,? he said.

The government is working to reduce alcohol-related hospital admissions, spending £217m a year on specialist alcohol treatment.


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