NHS reveals double-whammy alcohol crisis

"It's time to admit alcohol is a problem" urges experts as hospital admissions and deaths due to alcohol rocket

Alcohol addiction treatment experts are urging Government to “listen to the numbers” and to admit that today’s double-whammy NHS crisis due to alcohol cannot go ignored for yet another year.

The call comes as NHS has revealed that alcohol related hospital admissions rose by 100,000 people in 2017/18 to a crippling 1.2million people, representing 7.2% of all hospital admissions for that year.

At the same time, the report also shows a 6% year on year rise in the number of alcohol-specific deaths; from 5,507 in 2016 to 5,843 in 2017. This is also a staggering 16% over the last 10 years.

Eytan Alexander, CEO of addiction treatment specialists UKAT comments;

“Alcohol in England is without a doubt at crisis point and worse still, we start another year with no dedicated strategy from Government for tackling alcoholism in this country. Why is it that alcohol misuse is always shoehorned into the overall drugs policy? It needs to be recognised as a standalone problem, because that’s exactly what it is - a problem.

The numbers speak for themselves, and it’s time to admit that change is needed in order to help the NHS and to help those most vulnerable in society.”

The report comes as UKAT reveals that throughout 2018, over half (55%) of all patients treated were for alcohol addiction, the highest amount they’ve ever treated. UKAT treated 1,025 patients for alcohol addiction in 2018, compared to just 579 in 2015; a 77% rise in just 3 years.

The NHS details how 83% of hospital admissions were aged over 45 and that just under two-thirds were male. Regionally, Salford once again had the highest rate at 3,430 per 100,000 population, and Wokingham had the lowest rate at just 1,410.

Worryingly, the vast majority (78%) of alcohol-related deaths occur between the ages of 40-69 and once again, death rates were highest in the most deprived areas and lowest in the least deprived areas.

Take a 30 second test if you think you have a problem with alcohol or know someone who has; https://www.ukat.co.uk/alcohol/cage-questionnaire/

Ref:

NHS Statistics on Alcohol 2019 - February 2019
https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/statistics-on-alcohol/2019




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