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Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been admitted to hospital with an alcohol-related disease in each of the last 10 years. (254611)

The number of alcohol-related finished hospital admissions in England is only available from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and is presented in the following table.

Number of alcohol-related finished hospital admissions in England

2002-03

510,173

2003-04

569,417

2004-05

644,185

2005-06

735,512

2006-07

799,120

Notes:

The number of alcohol-related admissions is based on the methodology developed by the North West Public Health Observatory (NWPHO). Following international best practice, the NWPHO methodology includes a wide range of diseases and injuries in which alcohol plays a part and estimates the proportion of cases that are attributable to the consumption of alcohol. Details of the conditions and associated proportions can be found in the report Jones et al. (2008) “Alcohol-attributable fractions for England: Alcohol-attributable mortality and hospital admissions”.

Includes activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector.

Finished admission episodes:

A finished admission episode is the first period of inpatient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Finished admission episodes are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of inpatients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

Primary diagnosis:

The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 14 (seven prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data set and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital.

Secondary diagnoses:

As well as the primary diagnosis, there are up to 13 (six prior to 2002-03) secondary diagnosis fields in HES that show other diagnoses relevant to the episode of, care.

Number of episodes in which the patient had an alcohol-related primary or secondary diagnosis:

These figures represent the number of episodes where an alcohol-related diagnosis was recorded in any of the 14 (seven prior to 2002-03) primary and secondary diagnosis fields in a HES record. Each episode is only counted once in each count, even if an alcohol-related diagnosis is recorded in more than one diagnosis field of the record.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received liver transplants for alcohol-related conditions in each year since 1997. (255203)

The following table shows the number of people who received liver transplants in the United Kingdom in each financial year since 1 April 1997, where the patient's primary, secondary, or tertiary liver disease was recorded as alcoholic liver disease (ALD):

Number of liver transplants for alcoholic liver disease in the UK, between 1 April 1997 and 31 March 2008

Financial year of transplant

Number of liver transplants for ALD

Percentage of all UK liver transplants

1997-98

94

14

1998-99

86

13

1999-2000

124

18

2000-01

105

16

2001-02

108

16

2002-03

121

17

2003-04

118

17

2004-05

130

20

2005-06

131

21

2006-07

132

20

2007-08

151

23

Total

1,300

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