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Alcoholism: Health Services

Volume 503: debated on Monday 11 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related admissions there were for 16 to 24 years olds in (a) Northamptonshire, (b) the East Midlands and (c) England in each of the last three years. (308647)

The number of 16 to 24-year-olds admitted to hospital with an alcohol-related diagnosis in Northamptonshire, the East Midlands and England for the last three years is given in the table. The Department does not collect data on the number of alcohol-related hospital admissions in Wales.

Data on alcohol-related admissions in Wales were published by the Welsh Assembly Government in their annual publication Substance Misuse in Wales. However, it is important to note that the methodology used to produce these data differ from that used for England and so the two sets of data are not comparable.

Number of hospital admissions of patients aged 16 to 24-year-olds with an alcohol-related diagnosis, 2006-07 to 2008-09








East Midlands









Includes activity in English national health service hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector.

Alcohol-related admissions:

The number of alcohol-related admissions is based on the methodology developed by the North West Public Health Observatory.

Ungrossed data:

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

Data quality:

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England. Data are also received from a number of independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The NHS 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.

Assessing growth through time:

HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. The quality and coverage of the data have improved over time. 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. Some of the increase in figures for later years (particularly 2006-07 onwards) may be due to the improvement in the coverage of independent sector activity.

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 for in the HES data. This may account for any reductions in activity over time.

Assignment of episodes to years:

Years are assigned by the end of the first period of care in a patient’s hospital stay.


Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The Information Centre for Health and Social Care