Number of alcohol related admissions in England has doubled in 12 years

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 29 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1211
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    The number of admissions to hospitals in England for reasons specifically to do with alcohol has more than doubled over the past 12 years, warns a new report. The statistics also show a big increase in the number of prescriptions for drugs to treat alcohol dependency.

    The figures show that the number of NHS hospital admissions resulting in a primary or secondary diagnosis that was related specifically to alcohol consumption rose from 93 459 in 1995-6 to 207 788 in 2006-7. Half of these were admissions for conditions with a primary diagnosis related to alcohol, most commonly mental and behavioural disorders resulting from alcohol consumption. The second most common cause of admission was alcoholic liver disease, which accounted for nearly 15 000 hospital admissions in 2006-7. Toxic effects of alcohol accounted …

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