Hospital admissions linked to alcohol problems have reached a record high, prompting fresh concern about the harm being caused by binge drinking.
Hospitals in England admitted 1,173,386 patients for treatment for alcohol-related problems in 2010-11, NHS statistics show, up 9% on the 1,056,962 in 2009-10, the first time the figure topped 1 million. In 2002-03, there were 510,780 such admissions.
These are the drinking figures which don’t in fact show that the specific problem is to do with drinking, aren’t they?
I can never remember whether they’re measuring all admissions where someone has had a pint or they simply say that x % of all y type injuries must be drink related. And I’m almost certain that there’s been a change in what it is that they’re measuring in that decade.
In other words these statistics are toss.