The latest statistics which have been released from Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) show that as well as plateauing mortality rates, the number of alcohol admissions to hospitals appear to have increased over the last 12 months.
Nearly three-fifths (59%) of local authorities in England saw a slight increase in hospital admissions in adults where the main reason cited was alcohol. The number of these admissions rose by 1.3% with a larger increase witnessed amongst women (+2.1%) compared to men (+0.7%). Cases where alcohol was either the primary or secondary reason for admission increased by 3.9%.
In addition to this, the majority of alcohol-related indicators appear to be rising year-on-year as well. Although the mortality rates from chronic liver disease have been falling, admission rates for alcoholic liver disease have soared from 82.1 per 100,000 people in 2008/09 to 105.3 per 100,000 in 2013/14. Alcohol-related cardiovascular disease conditions have also adopted a similar upward trend over the same period from 759 to 1,049 per 100,000 people.
Other key findings of the report include an overall rise in alcohol-specific hospital admissions. This has risen from 365 per 100,000 people to 374 per 100,000. Interestingly however, the rate of alcohol-specific hospital admissions for the under 18s have fallen from 68.4 to 40.1 in every 100,000.
Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England (PHE) commented:
“The decline in hospital admissions from alcohol for under 18s is promising, but current levels of harm caused by alcohol remain unacceptably high, especially within the most deprived communities who suffer the most from poor health in general.”
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