New figures show major increase in alcohol related hospital admissions in England

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 02 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4790
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    The number of hospital admissions for alcohol related harm increased by 47%—representing an increase of more than 800 each day—over the five years between 2004 and 2009, show latest figures for England.

    In England in 2008-9 there were 945 469 admissions to hospital for alcohol related harm. Alcohol related harm was defined as conditions directly related to alcohol, such as liver disease or mental health conditions associated with alcohol, and not including acute injury or illness caused by alcohol.

    The increase represents an average of 825 alcohol related admissions a day more than five years ago, with a total of 644 185 admissions to hospital in 2004-5.

    The figures showed a marked north-south divide, with two thirds of the local authorities …

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