Alcohol drinking down, but hospital admissions up
5 June, 2012
The number of people drinking regularly in England is declining—but alcohol-related admissions to hospital are still on the rise.
Those are among the findings from the latest ‘Statistics on Alcohol’, an annual report from the NHS and National Statistics. It revealed a continuation in the long-term downward trend of adults drinking in the week prior to being interviewed for the survey—from 75% of men and 59% of women in 1998, compared to 68% and 54% of women in 2010.
But the same year saw nearly 1.2 million alcohol-related admissions to hospital—up by 11% on the previous 12 months, and nearly twice as many as in 2002-3, though some of the increase may be down to changes in the way admissions are recorded. On a more narrow primary diagnosis basis—where the hospital admission is primarily attributable to consuming alcohol—the proportion rose 2.1% over the year, to 199,000 admissions.
The number of young people drinking also seems to be falling. Just 13% of secondary school pupils said they had drunk in the week prior to interview, compared to 18% a year earlier. And only 32% of pupils think it is OK for people of their age to drink once a week, compared to 46% seven years ago.
For more findings and to download the whole report, click here.