Alcohol admissions cripple South West hospitals

By Tyler Ody - 12 February 2020

Health

The NHS has this week revealed that in 2018, almost 125,000 people were admitted to hospitals across the South West because of alcohol.

Analysis of the statistics by alcohol addiction treatment experts UKAT reveals that the number of people admitted into hospital because of alcohol has risen across the South West by 22% since 2012/13, and is a figure that has continued to rise for the last six years. 

In 2018/19, 124,970 people admitted to hospital where the primary reason or a secondary diagnosis was linked to alcohol, 6% more than the previous year (117,400) and 22% more than in 2012/13 (102,260). 

Conditions for hospital admission due to alcohol include cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, alcohol poisoning, and alcoholic liver disease. 

UKAT’s analysis shows the areas with the highest number of alcohol-related hospital admissions in 2018/19 include Cornwall (14,860), Devon (14,660) and Somerset (14,130). 

And over the last six years, their analysis shows huge rises in hospital admissions for South Gloucestershire (50% rise), North Somerset (41% rise) and Swindon (40% rise). 

The only area across the South West to have reduced the number of alcohol-related hospital admissions over the last 6 years is Plymouth.

Alcohol-related NHS hospital admissions in the South West

 

2012/13

2018/19

6 year rise or fall in hospital admissions 

Bath and North East Somerset

3,030

3,530

17%

Bristol

8,710

10,770

24%

Cornwall

11,050

14,860

34%

Devon

14,440

14,660

2%

Gloucestershire

10,850

12,680

17%

North Somerset

3,990

5,610

41%

Plymouth

5,450

5,360

-2%

Somerset

10,800

14,130

31%

South Gloucestershire

4,360

6,560

50%

Swindon

3,510

4,930

40%

Torbay

3,240

3,610

11%

Wiltshire

7,600

9,910

30%

NHS Statistics on Alcohol, analysed and presented by UK Addiction Treatment Group
2012/13 data for Bournemouth, Isles of Scilly and Dorset is not available and so is unable to be presented in the above table

Across the South West the number of men greatly outweigh the number of women admitted in 2018/19 due to alcohol even though the total number of people admitted has increased. This is a trend that has stayed the same over the last six years. 

Alcohol-related NHS hospital admissions in the South West by gender 

 

2012/13

2018/19

Total Admissions

102,260

124,970

Men

66,140 (65%)

80,220 (64%)

Women 

36,120 (35%)

44,740 (36%)

NHS Statistics on Alcohol, analysed and presented by UK Addiction Treatment Group

Nuno Albuquerque, Group Treatment Lead at addiction firm UKAT comments;

“The problem with alcohol in this country is a ticking time bomb about to explode. NHS Hospitals in particular across the South West are crippling under pressures directly attributable to the misuse of alcohol; a drug that is so socially accepted yet so incredibly dangerous. 

“People here are seemingly struggling with their alcohol consumption; drinking so much alcohol that it is leading to hospitalisation and the diagnosis of further, debilitating conditions, yet the Government continues to have their heads buried in the sand. 

“The question is, why do we still not have an Alcohol-specific Strategy, as promised back in 2018? It is a huge problem and one that needs immediately addressed as a matter of urgency.” 

For help, advice and local alcohol support services, visit www.ukat.co.uk/alcohol/v7/ 

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Do you have a drinking problem?

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  • Drinking in the daytime on a regular basis 
  • Drinking to relax or feel better, or before stressful situations 
  • Drinking to excess or to ‘blackout’ point 
  • Redness of the face, especially the eyes and nose
  • Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
  • Lack of or increased appetite leading to considerable weight loss or weight gain 

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