Dr Foster's Case Notes

Hospital admissions for drug and alcohol use in people aged under 45

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7483.115 (Published 13 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:115
  1. Susan Williams,
  2. Matt Hickman,
  3. Alex Bottle,
  4. Paul Aylin
  1. Dr Foster Unit, Imperial College

    The annual health and social costs of misuse of alcohol and illegal drugs in England and Wales are estimated to be nearly £20bn each.w1 w2About 5.9 million people drink twice the recommended weekly consumption; 1 million people use ecstasy, cocaine, or other class A drugs each year; and more than 100 000 people are injecting drug users.w1 w3 w4Both alcohol and other problem drug use are associated with a range of harms and cause substantial morbidity and mortality.w1 w5 w6Trends in emergency room use have been used to indicate the level of harm in the population.w3 w4In the absence of accident and emergency data in England and Wales, we investigated trends in drug and alcohol related hospital admissions for people aged under 45.

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    • Admission rates for mental and behavioural disorders caused by alcohol rose slightly in women aged under …

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