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Alcohol illness sees big rise

1st July 2006

01072006_Beer1.jpg.jpgAs England soccer fans drink the bars of Germany dry, a new report shows that hospital admissions related to alcohol misuse have reached record levels.

The report, from the NHS Information Centre, shows that admissions to English hospitals for alcoholic liver disease more than doubled in a decade, reaching 35,400 in 2004/5.

Alcoholic liver disease deaths increased by 37% while admissions for alcoholic poisoning increased to 21,700 from 13,600 over the same 10-year period.

The report also highlights England's binge and underage drinking problem.

In the 16-24 age group, a third of men and a quarter of women claimed they had drunk more than double the recommended number of units at least once in the previous week.

Secondary school children aged 11-15 have also significantly increased their alcohol consumption over the ten years to 2000; since then consumption has remained steady at 10.4 units (or about 10 small glasses of wine or five pints of beer) per week. One in four children in this age group have drunk alcohol in the last week.

In comparison, older adults, aged 45-64, are more likely to drink smaller amounts regularly, on five or more days of the week.

The Information Centre report also examined the alcohol consumption levels of other European Union countries. Although high, the UK's consumption levels ranked middle against other European Union countries in 2001 with Luxembourg topping the table.

 

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