Admissions due to alcohol soar in Somerset

New figures released today by NHS Statistics shows a huge increase in hospital admissions for people with alcohol related conditions. Conditions for hospital admission due to alcohol include cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, alcohol poisoning, and alcoholic liver disease.

In Somerset the number of admissions rose from:

10,800 for the year 2012/13

to

14,130 for the year 2018/19

Somerset was one of the three worst areas in the South West for alcohol-related hospital admissions in 2018/19 along with Cornwall (14,860) and Devon (14,660).

This surge in admissions is inevitably putting a strain on local NHS services and the UK Addiction Treatment Group believes this is a growing trend. 

Nuno Albuquerque, Group Treatment Lead at addiction firm UKAT observes that “NHS Hospitals in particular across the South West are under pressure directly attributable to the misuse of alcohol; a drug that is so socially accepted yet so incredibly dangerous.”

It is hardly news that the number of people struggling with alcohol consumption issues is growing. the NHS is regularly reviewing the recommended maximum intake of alcohol per week. The initial advice of no more than 14 units for women and 21 for men was changed in 2016. Government now recommend neither sex should drink in excess of 14 units a week.

Nuno Albuquerque again “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.

However as the fiigures show the real impact alcohol is having on hospital admissions the key question is why we still not have an Alcohol-specific Strategy, as was promised back in 2018?

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