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Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of alcohol-related illness for the City of Newcastle upon Tyne was in each year from 2000-01 to 2006-07; and what the rate was per head of population in each year. (190918)

The information is not available in the format requested.

Data are available on the total finished admissions to hospital of residency of Newcastle primary care trust (PCT) in which the patient had a primary or secondary diagnosis of an alcohol-related illness1 at the start of his/her stay and the rate per head of the PCT area.

This information has been set out in the following table.

Year (of end of first period of care in patient’s hospital stay)

Alcohol-related illnesses finished admissions

Newcastle PCT estimated population

Percentage of finished admissions for alcohol-related illnesses for the Newcastle PCT population

2006-07

2,022

270,462

0.75

2005-06

1,828

269,644

0.68

2004-05

1,629

267,104

0.61

2003-04

1,644

267,167

0.62

2002-03

1,468

267,415

0.55

2001-02

1,487

266,241

0.56

2000-01

1,606

Notes:

The figures do not cover all incidence of alcohol-related illness, only these in which an admission to hospital.

Finished admission episodes:

A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. Admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

Assessing growth through time:

HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. During the years that these records have been collected, the NHS there have been ongoing improvements in quality and coverage. These improvements in information submitted by the NHS have been particularly marked in the earlier years and need to be borne in mind when analysing time series.

Changes in NHS practice also need to be borne in mind when analysing time series. For example, a number of procedures may now be undertaken in out-patient settings and may no longer be accounted in the HES data. This may account for any reductions in activity over time.

1All Diagnoses count of Mentions:

These figures represent a count of all mentions of a diagnosis in any of the 14 diagnosis fields in the HES data set. Therefore, if a diagnosis is mentioned in more than one diagnosis field during an episode, all diagnoses are counted.

ICD-10 Diagnosis Codes Used:

F10: Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol,

K70: Alcoholic liver disease and

T51: Toxic effect of Alcohol.

PCT geographical data:

Population data for PCTs are only available for 2001 onwards.

Ungrossed data:

Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).

Source:

HES, the Information Centre for health and social care.