Alcohol-related hospital admissions

The fact that the number of alcohol-related hospital admissions in England has topped one million for the first time, is saddening but not surprising.  The figures released by the NHS Information Centre show that admissions had increased by 12% between 2008-09 and 2009-10.

The reason that I’m not surprised is that the investigation that the London Assembly conducted back in 2009 showed some worrying trends in youth drinking behaviour which are now reflected in the national statistics.

The short and long term costs of this situation is potentially enormous both in health and financial terms.  Our report focused on ways of tackling youth drinking but I believe that we have to address that group to have any change of long term success.

4 responses to “Alcohol-related hospital admissions

  1. Oh dear time for a bit of youth battering again.

    Check out all statistics relating to a rise in alcohol consumption and the onset of financial hardship. Looks like the slump/credit crunch/recession has a lot more to answer for than a rise in the cost of a loaf of bread.

  2. It was a shame that the 2009 report was so badly written to grab headlines rather than properly deal with the situation (see my comment at the time).

    If the government were serious about reducing hospital admissions due to alcohol, they could start by banning super-strength largers, which contain more than the daily recommended safe alcohol limit in a single can. Even the introduction of minimum pricing will have no impact as the minimum has been set far to low. It makes you wonder why the government pays more attention to the drinks industry than to health professionals.

  3. Anon,

    I don't see how the report is “youth battering”, the information in the report is a statement of facts not a value judgement on young people.

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