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Alcohol-related hospital admissions continue to rise

1st June 2011

Hospital admissions related to alcohol abuse have continued to rise in England in the last year, according to new NHS figures.

Data from the NHS Information Centre has revealed that 1,057,000 alcohol-related hospital admissions were recorded in England in 2009-10, up by 12 percent on the previous year and more than doubling the rate seen in 2002-03.

Alcohol dependency cost the health service 2.41 million pounds in prescription items in 2010 as a result of this rise, with the trend more prominent in the north of England than in London.

NHS Information Centre chief executive Tim Straughan said the data could prove valuable in helping doctors and politicians to understand the health issues caused by alcohol abuse.

"It highlights the importance of policymakers and health professionals in recognising and tackling alcohol misuse, which in turn could lead to savings for the NHS," he explained.

Last month, a British Medical Association report suggested that alcohol plays a role in 1.4 million GP consultations in Scotland annually.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800563740-ADNFCR

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