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Alcohol abuse will push hospital admissions past a million, experts warn

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Alcohol abuse in England could push the number of related NHS hospital admissions above one million in two year’s time, according to the North West Public Health Observatory (NWPH).

The NWPH reports 863,257 alcohol-related admissions involving half a million individuals in 2007-08, with 176 alcohol-related admissions more every day in 2007-08 that the previous year, an 8% increase.

Admissions in the same period involved 561,642 individuals, a 6% increase on 2006-07, with deaths from chronic liver disease in 2007-08 increasing by 2.8% to 10,928 for men and 2.4% to 6,293 for women.

Four in five local authorities reported an increase in hospital admissions for alcohol in 2007-08, with fewer than one in 10 reporting a fall.

Says NWPH director Professor Mark Bellis: “Alcohol-related admissions are still only the tip of an iceberg with many people attending accident and emergency units, GPs and pharmacies in order to treat health conditions resulting from their alcohol use.”

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