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SW alcohol admissions rise

3rd April 2008

Figures show that alcohol-related hospital admissions in the South West of England have increased by 50% in the four years between 2001 and 2005.

The report by the South West Public Health Observatory estimates that 728,500 people aged between 16 and 64 in the region drink to “hazardous� levels with about 119,000 being identified as “dependent drinkers.� A further breakdown shows that in the under-18 age group hospital admissions rose by 60% while in the 18-24s, admissions due to acute intoxication were up by 140%.

 

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