'Rise' in alcohol-related injuries15th October 2007
New NHS data shows that the number of people taken to A&E departments because of alcohol abuse has increased by more than a quarter over the past five years.
The Department of Health figures, published in the Observer, found the number of male alcohol-related emergency cases in England rose by 27.3% between 2001/02 and 2005/06. Female drinkers admitted to hospital were shown to have increased by 28.9%.
Professor Ian Gilmore, president of the Royal College of Physicians, told the paper: "We have a serious alcohol problem in this country and measures to date haven't had any discernible effect".
The number of men taken to hospital in England showed a rise from 714 per 100,000 in 2001/02 to 909 per 100,000 in 2005/06. Female admittances increased from 396 per 100,000 to 510 per 100,000.
The data showed that the North had the highest rates of admissions and the South of the country had the lowest.
The region with the highest number of admissions per 100,000 population was the North East - 1,232 male admissions and 689 female admissions in 2005/06. The North West was in second place with 1,215 male admissions per 100,000 and 674 female admissions.
The east of the country showed the lowest number of admissions - 743 male and 425 female per 100,000 population.
Professor Gilmore said that a rise in alcohol prices could have the most "immediate effect" and stated that the government should look into the way alcohol was sold and promoted.
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Title: 'Rise' in alcohol-related injuries
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 4400
Date Added: 15th Oct 2007