Hospital admissions in Warwickshire due to alcohol use higher than national average

The number of hospital admissions due to ALCOHOL in Warwickshire is higher than the national average for England.

That was the sobering fact that emerged during Alcohol Awareness Week, when Warwickshire County Council raised awareness of alcohol-related harm and its impact on people and communities.

Alcohol Awareness Week is organised and hosted by the British charity Alcohol Change UK.

One of the key aims of this year’s campaign was to get everyone talking about the ways alcohol harm affects people and the impact this has on families, friends, communities and society as a whole.

In 2021/22, alcohol-related hospital admissions (per 100,000 people) in Warwickshire were higher than the national average in England – 521 in Warwickshire and 492 in England.

The rates were also higher for both men and women and for under-18s: in Warwickshire the rate per 100,000 people was 41.1 and in England it was 29.3.

As part of the campaign, Alcohol Change UK highlighted the central role alcohol plays in everyday life, with it being promoted while watching favourite sports, advertised on the commute and strategically placed in films and TV programmes.

Alcohol has a huge impact on people’s wellbeing on a daily basis, from the quality of their sleep to affecting relationships with friends, family and loved ones. And every year, thousands of people experience long-term health problems as a result of the alcohol they drink, or die from alcohol-related causes.

According to the UK Office for National Statistics, 10,048 deaths (16.6 per 100,000 people) were recorded in the UK in 2022 due to alcohol-related causes. This is the highest number ever.

WCC spokesperson for health, Councillor Margaret Bell, said: “Many of us are feeling squeezed by the ongoing cost of living crisis and people may look to alcohol as a way to cope, but it can have serious consequences for your health and wellbeing.

“Alcohol Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of the link between alcohol and mental health, and encourage people to speak out about the problems associated with drinking too much.

“We remind residents that support is always available for alcohol and mental health issues. I encourage anyone who is concerned about their alcohol use, or if you are concerned about someone else, to seek help and support.”

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