The NHS has released statistics that show around 360,000 admissions to hospital in 2018/19 were alcohol related.
According to the Statistics on Alcohol for England 2020 report, the number of admissions is 6% higher than 2017/18 and a staggering 19% higher than a decade ago. These figures are based on measures where an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the primary reason for a hospital admission or there was an alcohol-related ‘external cause’.
Additionally, a measure that looks at other conditions that could be caused by alcohol shows 1.3 million admissions in 2018,19. That’s an 8% increase on 2017/18 and represents a significant 7% of all hospital admissions.
A closer look at the figures shows that of the 357,660 nationwide alcohol related admissions, the South West contributed to 38,430. Within that Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole had 3,180 alcohol-related admissions in 2018/19. This is a 6% increase from the previous year.