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Huge strain put on NHS by alcohol-related illnesses

Post by Kelly Swift on 25 August 2011 in Health & Wellbeing

Huge strain put on NHS by alcohol-related illnesses

Hospitals in England are facing huge strain as the number of patients admitted with alcohol-related illnesses soars.

In 2009/10, English hospitals admitted 1.1 million people with problems directly relating to alcohol, a rise of 879 a year according to new research.

In an interview with the Metro, Professor Ian Gilmore, chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK, said: “With hospitals under increasing pressure, as a nation we simply cannot afford this increasing burden which affects everyone in our country, not just the drinkers themselves.

“This reinforces the need for much tougher action to target ridiculously cheap drink.”

The latest figures show that hospitals in Lancashire and Merseyside are under the most pressure, with 3,114 of every 100,000 hospital admissions in Liverpool being alcohol-related. This is compared with 849 per 100,000 in the Isle of Wight. In Blackpool, deaths from chronic liver disease peaked at 46 per 100,000 men and 21 per 100,000 women, compared with figures from London and West Somerset where nobody died from liver disease.
Professor Mark Bellis, director of the observatory at Liverpool John Moores University, said: “The scale of damage revealed by these profiles shows alcohol is a problem for everyone in England.

“Even those families not directly affected by alcohol-related health problems, violence or abuse still pay towards the billions in taxes for the policing, health services and social support required to tackle this national problem.”

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