The Nuffield Trust report has revealed the extent of alcohol related hospital admissions in England and the impact of demographic, socio-economic and regional factors on these numbers. The report suggests a 63.6% rise in the hospital admissions particularly due to alcohol during 2005-6 and 2013-14. Further breakdown reveals a 53.9% rise in emergency admissions from 374.9 per 100,000 to 577.1 per 100,000 population.
The report also revealed that A&E admission rates owing to alcohol poisoning were up by 104.6% to 148.8 per 100,000 from 72.7 per 100,000 of population during the six year period of 2008-9 to 2013-14. Alcohol poisoning occur maximum in the age group of 15-24 years, with females in the age group of 15-19 years accounting for 1.5 times than the males in that group.
On demographic level, hospital admission rates were higher in north of England compared to other regions. From Socio-economic point of view, people coming in the category of 20% most deprived regions contributed 3.5 times more to the alcohol poisoning cases.
“With the Christmas party season in full swing, it’s worth considering the full burden over-indulgence in alcohol is placing on our NHS, as well as the obvious human cost,” said joint author of the report, Claire Currie. The co-author added that this concern has to be jointly resolved by hospitals and the government by taking steps to control the rising numbers. The government can implement a minimum unit pricing policy, along with limiting the availability as well as marketing and advertising of alcohol.