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.