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Alcohol Addiction

Volume 109: debated on Saturday 2 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) how much money was spent in each of the past five years on cures for alcohol addiction and alcohol misuse;(2) how much money was spent in each of the past five years on curing people addicted to alcohol; and if he will give a breakdown of those figures.

The precise costs of the treatment of people suffering the effects of alcohol misuse or alcohol addiction cannot be calculated on present information. Recent research into the cost of alcohol misuse to the National Health Service has produced an estimate of some £95 million per annum (1983 prices) for England and Wales.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many hospital beds were taken up in each of the past five years by patients suffering from physical and psychiatric ailments normally associated with alcohol addiction or alcohol misuse.

The available information for the main alcohol-related diseases is given in the tables. Information about the numbers of beds occupied in mental illness hospitals and units by patients with alcohol-related diagnoses is not available, but about a quarter of the patients with these diagnoses discharged in 1985 had been in hospital for less than a week and about half for between one week and a month.

Main diagnosis

ICD1

Estimated average number of beds occupied daily

code

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

Non-dependent abuse of drugs23051213161514
Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis2571292280319316287
Toxic effect of alcohol98011911139

1 International Classification of Diseases, 9th revision.

2 Some illness in these categories is not associated with the consumption of alcohol.

Admissions to menial illness hospitals and units with a main diagnosis of alcohol misuse National Health Service hospitals in England

Main diagnosis

ICD1 code

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

Alcohol psychoses291675637616671746
Alcohol dependence syndrome303

214,020

12,03212,04112,11111,453
Non-dependent abuse of alcohol305·0

2 520

1,6371,9912,4403,023

1 International Classification of Diseases, 9th revision.

2 A change in statistical coding practice for alcohol related diagnoses was introduced in 1982. Statistics for 1981 are not comparable to those for later years.