Alcohol admissions top 1m27th May 2011
New NHS data has revealed that alcohol-related hospital admissions in England have topped a million for the first time.
A report from the NHS Information Centre said admissions had increased by 12% between 2008-09 and 2009-10 with data including liver disease and mental disorders due to alcohol abuse as well as some cancers, accidents and injuries.
Figures for 2009-10 show admissions rose to 1,057,000 from 945,500 in 2008-09 and 510,800 in 2002-03 with almost two thirds of cases in men.
NHS Information Centre chief executive Tim Straughan said as well as revealing the number, the report also highlighted the increasing cost of alcohol dependency to the NHS as the numbers of prescription rose.
He said: “This report provides health professionals and policy makers with a useful picture of the health issues relating to alcohol use and misuse. It also highlights the importance of policy makers and health professionals in recognising and tackling alcohol misuse which in turn could lead to savings for the NHS.”
The UK Alcohol Health Alliance said it confirmed doctors' impressions.
Chair Professor Sir Ian Gilmore said: “While total alcohol consumption has fallen in recent years it is likely that the number of abstainers in England is increasing, but those who do drink continue to do so in a harmful and destructive way.”
The Portman Group said steps were now needed to persuade and educate the hard core of misusers who accounted for the admissions, to drink responsibly.
The Department of Health is publishing a new alcohol strategy later this year.
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Title: Alcohol admissions top 1m
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 18621
Date Added: 27th May 2011