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NHS under pressure as alcohol related admissions double in 10 years

Published on 12/12/2011

New figures have shown that the number of hospital admissions caused by drinking have more than doubled since the year 2002, raising fears about an alcohol epidemic in the UK.

Local Alcohol Profiles for England show that 1,173,386 people in England were admitted to casualty for injuries or illnesses caused by drinking in 2010/11, compared to just 510,780 in 2002/3.

Alcohol related hospital admissions have doubled in the past 10 years

This was also an 11 per cent increase on the previous 12 months, when the figure stood at 1,056,962.

In addition, the number of hospital admissions for conditions attributable to alcohol is rising. In 2002/3 there were 926 admissions per 100,000 people for conditions caused by alcohol.

In 2009/10 this figure rose to 1,743, and reached 1,898 in the last 12 months.This follows our report that the North East is facing a liver disease crisis.

However, the area with the biggest increase in the last year is London, with admissions rising by 14 per cent. The East of England followed close behind with a jump of 10 per cent.

These figures follow separate information published by the public health minister Anne Milton showing that since January, an estimated 7,074 under 18s have been admitted to hospital due to alcohol.

Diane Abbott, the shadow public health minister, said: “The alarm bells should be ringing with the publication of these figures.”

“A recent report predicted that binge-drinking will cost the NHS £3.8 billion by 2015, with 1.5 million A&E admissions a year.”

With private medical insurance, you will be covered for treatment in a private hospital of your choice at a time of your choice, avoiding the heavy financial implications of alcohol related illnesses on the NHS.

Compare health insurance quotes online now to help you avoid the consequences of boozing Britain.

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