More than 110 people a day admitted to hospital in Plymouth because of alcohol
MORE than 110 people a day in Plymouth are admitted to hospital with booze-related conditions, shocking new figures reveal.
A new map of alcohol harm shows the cost to health services was a staggering £17.2million in 2010/11.
The findings, compiled by national charity Alcohol Concern, are the first complete picture of the costs across England by local authority.
It comes after The Herald reported earlier this year that alcohol misuse costs the city an estimated £80million a year overall – to the NHS, police, rehabilitation and other services.
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Health, council and police chiefs are working on a 10-year Strategic Alcohol Plan to tackle the problem.
The latest figures reveal the city racked up a total of 40,644 alcohol-related hospital admissions in 2010/11 – more than half of them through the emergency department.
Detective Superintendent Keith Perkin, chair of the city's Reducing Violence Partnership Group, said: "A sizeable proportion of our violent crime is related to the misuse of alcohol.
"Well over 50 per cent of the violence on Friday and Saturday nights is alcohol related, but we are putting things in place to tackle this.
"We put of a lot of effort in to targeting those areas we think there's going to be violent crime, such as Mutley Plain, the Barbican, Union Street, North Hill.
"People suffer punches, bruising, cuts and bruises to the face. And it's not just on the streets. Alcohol is a significant contributing factor to domestic abuse as well."
He said recent initiatives have included Street Safe, a joint project with police, the NHS, St John Ambulance, Street Pastors and other agencies.
The mobile treatment unit helps emergency services cope with influxes of patients suffering from alcohol-related illness and injuries on weekends.
Launched on North Hill in August, it now travels around the city to where it is needed most.
Det Supt Perkin added that, over the past few months, reported violent crime in Plymouth has dropped, from 10 per cent above last year's figures to in line with last year's numbers.
A spokeswoman for Derriford Hospital's emergency department said alcohol is a significant cause of death, disability and ill health in the city.
She said: "We continue to see significant numbers of patients who are admitted as a direct result of alcohol misuse. These include patients who suffer trauma as a result of alcohol or alcohol-related violence, and patients who are suffering the long-term consequences of alcohol misuse.
"The problem spans all ages, including young people and elderly people."
A Plymouth City Council spokeswoman said: "We know alcohol has a huge impact on our city in a variety of ways and an alcohol strategy is currently being developed for Plymouth which aims to promote responsible drinking and minimise harm from alcohol. Key agencies including the NHS and police are working with the Council to tackle the issues and look at ways to prevent problems from developing, protect children, provide interventions and treatment to more people in need and create safer drinking environments."
The Alcohol Harm Map also reveals that the baby boomer is the greatest burden on the NHS compared to all other age groups.
The figures reveal the inpatient cost of the 55 to 74 age group, closely aligned to the baby boom generation, is over ten times greater than the 16 to 24 age group, often negatively associated with 'binge drinking' and their impact on NHS resources.
40,644 alcohol-related hospital admissions in Plymouth in 2010/11. 21,577 were A&E admissions, 6,976 were inpatient admissions, and 12,090 outpatient admissions.
Of the 6,976 inpatient admissions, 452 were 16 to 24 years old, 2,121 were 25 to 54 years old, 2,671 were 55 to 74 years old, and 1,732 were 75 years and older.
Alcohol-related admissions in Plymouth cost £17.2million in 2010/11, equating to £80 per adult.
This broke down to £2.5million worth of A&E admissions, £12.3million worth of inpatient admissions, and £2.3million worth of outpatient admissions.
11,075 (six per cent) of Plymothians are classed as higher risk drinkers – people who drink at levels which significantly increases the risk of damaging their health and may have already caused some harm to their health
44,174 (23 per cent) are classed as increasing risk drinkers – those drinking above the recommended levels which increases the risk of damaging their health. This compares to a regional average of 22 per cent.