Alcohol related injuries up new report shows

15 October 2007 by
Alcohol related injuries up new report shows

Alcohol-related hospital admissions shot up during 2005/2006 with more than 350,000 people seeking emergency treatment, according to official figures.

The NHS Hospital Episodes Survey published tomorrow also shows the number of people treated in emergency wards for alcohol-related assaults, alcohol poisoning and liver cirrhosis has risen 27.3% in the past four years.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health told the Daily Mirror that two million people in Britain were drinking more than the recommended limits and that reducing alcohol misuse was a top government priority.

The number of men admitted for alcohol related injuries and illnesses nationwide rose from 714 per 100,000 to 909 per 100,000.

The findings come in the face of a government review of the Licensing Act 2005 as part of plans to crack down on binge-drinking and under-age drinking which could see a reversal of more liberalised licensing laws.

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) have argued that levels of alcohol consumption across the UK have fallen following the introduction of the Licensing Act, as well as levels of late night alcohol-related violence in central London.

Brits consume less alcohol since Licensing Act >>

New drinking laws cut alcohol fuelled violence >>

Brown to review Licensing Act >>

Read the Daily Mirror article in full >>

By Christopher Walton

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