New local alcohol profiles show 65% increase in hospital admissions over five years

Wednesday 01 September 2010

The Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE 2010) have just been released by the North West Public Health Observatory – profiling 23 alcohol-related indicators for every local authority and 24 for every primary care trust in England.
The profiles provide a national ‘map’ of alcohol-related harms.
Key findings from the profiles:
• Over the five years to 2008/09 there has been around a 65% increase in the number of people being admitted to hospital due to alcohol to 606,799 individuals – an increase of over 240,000 people.
• There were 945,469 admissions to hospital for alcohol-related harm in England in 2008/09. This is 825 alcohol-related admissions a day more than five years ago.
• Two thirds (65%) of all the local authorities suffering the highest levels of overall harms are in the North West and North East regions of England (1). The ten local authority areas with the highest levels of combined alcohol-related harm (2) are, in descending order, Manchester, Salford, Liverpool, Rochdale, Tameside, Islington, Middlesbrough, Halton, Oldham and Blackpool.
• By comparison East of England and South East region contain two thirds (65%) of all the local authorities with the lowest overall harm (1). The ten local authorities with the lowest levels of alcohol-related harm (2) are, in ascending order, Broadland, East Dorset, South Northamptonshire, Babergh, Three Rivers, South Norfolk, Hart, Sevenoaks, Wokingham and North Kesteven.
• Between 2006 and 2008 there were 11,247 deaths from chronic liver disease in men. The number of male deaths from chronic liver disease continues to rise steadily and increased by 12% for the five years up to 2008.
• Across England, there were 415,059 recorded crimes attributable to alcohol in 2009/10; equivalent to 8.1 crimes per 1,000 population. The highest rates of alcohol-attributable crime occur in the London region where there were 12.2 crimes per 1,000 residents, although this has decreased by 2.1% from the previous year. The lowest rate is in the North East region at 6.2 crimes per 1,000 which also showed the largest decrease (13.5%) from the previous year.
• Trends in alcohol-related harms vary between local authority areas. For instance, 64% saw an increase of over 5% in hospital admissions for alcohol-related harm in 2008/09, whilst only 7% showed a decrease of over 5%.
(1) Local authorities are categorised into five levels of harm using a clustering methodology that assigns LAs which have similar alcohol profiles to the same category. Months of life lost due to alcohol (males), months of life lost due to alcohol (females), NI39 (alcohol-related hospital admissions), alcohol-attributable recorded crimes, claimants of Incapacity Benefits due to alcoholism, increasing risk drinking, and higher risk drinking were used to determine clusters.
(2) Ranking for highest and lowest levels of alcohol-related harm use the same data as above and are ranked according to the highest combined rank across the seven harm indicators. City of London and the Isles of Scilly are excluded (figures for these areas should always be viewed with caution due to their small resident populations).
Visit the Local Alcohol Profiles for England website.

Source: 1.09.2010

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