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Alcohol related hospital admissions up by 69% since 2002

In answer to a question in the House of Commons, Dawn Primarolo, the Minister of State for Public Health, revealed that the total number of hospital admissions for alcohol-related disorders increased from 510,173 in 2002/03 to 863,257 in 2007/08.

These figures cover all alcohol-related diagnoses, including those for which alcohol is the sole cause (e.g. acute intoxication) as well as a proportion of those for which alcohol increases the risk (e.g. a number of cancers).

For adults aged over 26, the number of men admitted to hospital due to alcohol exceeds the number of women by 70% (502,942 men and 295,296 women) and men have shown a greater increase in the number of admissions than women (74% increase for men and a 67% increase for women).

However, at younger ages the difference between male and female admissions is less, and for 10-16 year-olds, more girls than boys are admitted to hospital due to alcohol. For young men, the rate of increase in admissions appears to be slowing, and for boys aged 10-16 there was a decrease in the number of admissions between 2006/07 and 2007-08. The same cannot be said for young women and girls, for whom admissions continue to rise.

 

 

The complete set of figures is available here.