Alcohol-related hospital admissions in England have seen a 33 per cent 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 Merron in a parliamentary answer revealed that Kettering General Hospitals foundation trust, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells trust, Burton Hospitals foundation trust, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals foundation trust, and Ealing Hospital trust have reported more dramatic increases during the three-year period.
A Department of Health spokesman said 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.
- Acute care
- BURTON HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
- Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)
- EALING HOSPITAL NHS TRUST
- Emergency care
- Gillian Merron
- KETTERING GENERAL HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
- MAIDSTONE AND TUNBRIDGE WELLS NHS TRUST
- Public health
- THE ROYAL BOURNEMOUTH AND CHRISTCHURCH HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST