Around 360,000 admissions to hospital as a result of alcohol in 2018/19
Drinking alcohol was the main reason for 358,000 admissions to hospital in 2018/19 according to new figures published yesterday by NHS Digital.
The number of admissions is 6% higher than 2017/18 and 19% higher than a decade ago, according to the Statistics on Alcohol, England 2020.
Alcohol-related admissions accounted for 2% of overall hospital admissions, which is the same rate as 2017/18.
Men accounted for 62% of alcohol admissions, while 40% of patients were aged between 45 and 64.
These figures are based on the narrow measure1 where an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the primary reason for a hospital admission or there was an alcohol-related external cause.
A broader measure that looks at a range of other conditions that could be caused by alcohol shows 1.3 million admissions in 2018/19, this is an 8% increase on 2017/18 and represents 7% of all hospital admissions.
This report also presents a range of information on alcohol use and misuse by adults and children drawn together from a variety of sources.
Other figures included in the report show:
- There were 5,698 deaths specifically attributed to alcohol2 in 2018, this is 2% fewer than in 2017
- 77% of alcohol related deaths happened in people aged 40 to 69
- 38% of men and 19% of women aged 55 to 64 usually drank over 14 units of alcohol in a week3
- The average household spent £8.70 per week on alcohol in 2017/184
- People aged 65 to 74 had the highest average weekly alcohol spend of £10.60 a week4.
This report contains newly published data from the Public Health England Local Alcohol Profiles for England, which uses data from NHS Digital’s Hospital Episode Statistics.
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Notes for Editors
- Estimates of the number of alcohol-related hospital admissions have been calculated by applying alcohol-attributable fractions (AAFs) based on a methodology developed by the North West Public Health Observatory (now part of Public Health England). This is the narrow measure - where an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the primary reason for a hospital admission or there was an alcohol-related external cause. The narrow measure is a better indicator of changes over time because it is less affected by improvements in recording of secondary diagnoses.
- Alcohol-specific deaths are published by the Office for National Statistics which uses the new National Statistics (NS) definition of alcohol-specific deaths. This definition only includes conditions where each death is a direct consequence of alcohol misuse. It is primarily based on chronic (longer-term) conditions associated with continued misuse of alcohol and, to a lesser extent, acute (immediate) conditions. Public Health England (PHE) produces estimates for both alcohol-specific and alcohol-related deaths at local authority level. Alcohol-related estimates, which include partially attributable deaths, are higher than the ONS figures for alcohol-specific deaths. More information on the impact of the new definition is available on the ONS website.
- The source of this information is Health Survey for England 2018
- Information on purchases and expenditure on alcohol have been taken from Family Food which is published by Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), and is based on data collected by the Living Costs and Food Survey.
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