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This section presents information on the number of hospital admissions for diseases, injuries and conditions that can be attributed to alcohol consumption. The data in this section come from Public Health England's Local Alcohol Profiles for England, which use data from NHS Digital’s Hospital Episode Statistics.
Estimates of the number of alcohol-related hospital admissions have been calculated by applying alcohol-attributable fractions (AAFs) to Hospital Episode Statistics data. An AAF is the proportion of a condition assessed to have been caused by alcohol. See appendix B for more details.
Two measures for alcohol-related hospital admissions have been used:
Narrow measure – where the main reason for admission to hospital was attributable to alcohol.
Broad measure – where the primary reason for hospital admission or a secondary diagnosis was linked to alcohol.
The narrow measure estimates the number of hospital admissions which are primarily due to alcohol consumption and provides the best indication of trends in alcohol-related hospital admissions. These are admissions where an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the primary reason for a hospital admission or an alcohol-related external cause was recorded in a secondary diagnosis field.
The broad measure gives an indication of the full impact of alcohol on hospital admissions and the burden placed on the NHS.
There were almost 1.3 million estimated admissions where the primary reason for hospital admission or a secondary diagnosis was linked to alcohol, which is 8% higher than 2017/18 (broad measure). Changes over a longer time period will partly reflect improvements in recording of secondary diagnoses.
This represents 7.4% of all hospital admissions.
Admissions by age
47% of patients were aged between 55 and 74.
Admissions by sex
Just under two-thirds of patients were male.
Admission rate by Local Authority (per 100,000 population)
Southampton had the highest rate at 4,020 per 100,000 population.
East Sussex had the lowest rate at 1,080.
Admissions by primary diagnosis
51% of admissions were for cardiovascular disease. 17% were for mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use.