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Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals aged 11 to 18 years resident in the Peterborough constituency were treated for alcohol-related health problems in each year since 1997. (160212)

Information is not available by constituency. However, the table following shows the number of finished admission episodes at the former Peterborough Hospital NHS Trust covering the period 1997-98 to 2003-04 and for the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for the period 2004-05 and 2005-06, where there was a primary diagnosis of alcohol related disease for those aged between 11 to 18 at admission for the period 1997-98 to 2005-06.

Finished admission episodes

1997-98

19

1998-99

14

1999-00

15

2000-01

22

2001-02

19

2002-03

14

2003-04

29

2004-05

23

2005-06

10

Notes: 1. Finished admission episodes—A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year. 2. Diagnosis (Primary Diagnosis)—The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 14 (seven prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in the HES data set and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital. 3. Data Quality—HES are compiled from data sent by over 300 national health service trusts and primary care trusts in England. The Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Information Centre for health and social care.

Peterborough has a rate of 58.35 for persons admitted to hospital due to alcohol specific conditions (under 18s) crude rate per 100,000, 2003-04 to 2005-06. Persons admitted to hospital due to alcoholic specific conditions (under 18s), North West Public Health Observatory from HES and Office for national Statistics mid-year population estimates). Does not include attendance at A and E (not available nationally).

This ranks Peterborough as 180 against all other local authorities in England and is higher than the regional average of 40.58.

The Government are determined to prevent harm to those under 18 years of age and this is a priority group in Safe.Sensible.Social the national alcohol strategy June 2007. To help young people and their parents make informed decisions about drinking, the Government will provide authoritative, accessible guidance about what is and what is not safe and sensible in the light of the latest available evidence from the UK and abroad. It will ensure that the laws and licensing powers protect young people and continue to prioritise reductions in the test purchase failure rate for under age sales of alcohol.