Alcohol related hospital admissions in England could rise above one million per year in two years’ time, according to the North West Public Health Observatory.

It reports there were 863,257 alcohol related admissions involving half a million people in 2007-08, an 8 per cent increase on the previous year.

Deaths from chronic liver disease in 2007-08 increased by 2.8 per cent to 10,928 for men and 2.4 per cent 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.

North West Public Health Observatory director Professor Mark Bellis said: “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.”