Counting the cost of alcohol on the Isle of Wight

By Ross Findon

Friday, October 12, 2012

 

ALCOHOL-related health issues are costing the Isle of Wight health service millions of pounds latest figures have revealed.

The Alcohol Harm Map figures released today (Friday) by the charity Alcohol Concern, showed that in 2010/11 the cost of alcohol-related admissions was £6m, including £1.5m on accident and emergency, £3.8m on inpatient admissions and £800,000 on outpatient services.

The charity said that was the equivalent of £51 per adult on the Isle of Wight, compared with a regional cost per adult of £67.

It found 16 per cent of Islanders were drinking at a level that put their health at risk, compared with a 21 per cent figure for the South East.

A breakdown of the figures, which were produced in partnership with drug company Lundbeck Ltd, showed the cost of treating people aged 75 and over for alcohol-related problems was far higher than the cost of treating 16 to 24 year olds.

According to the figures, the cost of dealing with over 75s was £1.2m, compared with £200,000 for 16 to 24 year olds.

In 2010/11 there were 18,660 alcohol-related admissions, including 12,835 to accident and emergency.

The number of alcohol-related inpatient admissions was 1,863, including 113 16 to 24 year olds and 517 over 75s.

In 2009, 41 deaths were attributable to alcohol, including 15 that were the result of chronic liver disease.

To view the full figures, click here.

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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by David Goodall

15th October 2012, at 13:09:36

I agree with the others minimum price is one of the measures that can be used to tackle this problem, but it has to be set at the correct level per unit. Independent studies appear to show that level is 50p per unit.
For more information see http://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/campaign/minimum-pricing

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by Richard Brown

12th October 2012, at 18:46:37

Minimum unit pricing has now been successfully tried in a number of countries. It is now well overdue in the UK

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by david walker

12th October 2012, at 17:09:08

and yet all the supermarkets and corner shops offer multibuy discounts and special offers. And the alchoholics on sick benefits for being drunks get more money than jobseekers! Weird world we live in..

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