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Alcohol-related hospital admissions set to rise

15th February 2011

Rates of alcohol-related hospital admissions will rise to 1.5 million per year by 2015 unless the government invests in alcohol services, experts have warned.

Over a million admissions per year are caused by excessive drinking, up from half a million in 2002, according to the charity Alcohol Concern.

The problem currently costs the NHS 2.7 billion pounds every year, but a new report by the charity suggests this figure could rise to 3.7 billion pounds if action is not taken.

Campaigners believe alcohol misuse should be regarded as a public health priority and are urging the government to fund alcohol health workers in all hospitals, accident and emergency units and GP practices.

Don Shenker, chief executive of Alcohol Concern, argued that successive governments have failed to tackle the country's drink problem, despite taking successful action to reduce rates of smoking and illegal drug use.

He added that the savings that could be made by investing in support for problem drinkers were "surely a necessity in an economic downturn".

A Department of Health spokesman said: "Misuse of alcohol can cause significant harm and the government has wasted no time in taking tough action to tackle problem drinking."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800406009-ADNFCR

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