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Alcohol related hospital admissions rise by a third

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Alcohol related hospital admissions in England have seen a 33% increase in the last three years, according to official figures.

Casualty departments in England reported that the number of drink-related cases rose from 337,549 in 2004-05 to 448,813 in 2007-08. Some trusts said that the number of cases they dealt with had doubled.

The Conservative Party, which obtained the figures, blamed the Government’s “failed policies” on alcohol misuse for “communities blighted by drunken and loutish behaviour”.

Shadow home affairs minister James Brokenshire said: “The police are being stretched in the early hours of the morning by violent incidents and doctors and nurses in casualty departments are being left to deal with the health consequences of excessive drinking.”

Figures disclosed by Health Minister Gillian Meron in a Parliamentary answer revealed that Kettering General Hospitals trust, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells trust, Burton Hospitals trust, Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals trust, and Ealing Hospital trust have reported more dramatic increases during the three-year period.

A Department of Health spokesman said that the department was “determined to take action to reduce the health and social harms” caused by those who do not drink responsibly. He added that to this end, £6m had been invested in the Know Your Limits campaign.

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