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Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Volume 506: debated on Tuesday 2 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) under 18 years and (b) 18 years and over were admitted to hospital with a condition related to alcohol misuse in each year since 1997-98. (318943)

The information is in the following table. It is important to note that the figures provided relate to admissions of patients rather than number of patients as a patient can be admitted more than once in a year.

Number of admissions of patients aged under 18 and 18 and over with an alcohol-related condition2002-032003-042004-052005-062006-072007-082008-09Under 1810,97612,04312,98214,42114,46514,50112,83218 and over499,197557,374631,203721,091784,655848,763932,391Total510,173569,417644,185735,512799,120863,264945,223Note:Includes activity in English national health service hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector.Alcohol-related admissionsThe number of alcohol-related admissions is estimated, based on the methodology developed by the North West Public Health Observatory. Figures for under 16s only include admissions where one or more of the following alcohol-specific conditions were listed:Alcoholic cardiomyopathy (142.6)Alcoholic gastritis (K29.2)Alcoholic liver disease (K70)Alcoholic myopathy (G72.1)Alcoholic polyneuropathy (G62.1)Alcohol-induced pseudo-Cushing’s syndrome (E24.4)Chronic pancreatitis (alcohol induced) (K86.0)Degeneration of nervous system due to alcohol (G31.2)Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol (F10)Accidental poisoning by and exposure to alcohol (X45)Ethanol poisoning (T51.0)Methanol poisoning (T51.1) Toxic effect of alcohol, unspecified (T51.9)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 20 (14 from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and seven prior to 2002-03) primary and secondary diagnosis fields in a Hospital Episode Statistics (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.Ungrossed dataFigures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).Finished admission episodesA finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. Finished admission episodes are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. It should be noted that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.Primary diagnosisThe primary diagnosis is the first of up to 20 (14 from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and seven prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in the HES data set and provides the main reason why the patient was admitted to hospital.Secondary diagnosisAs well as the primary diagnosis, there are up to 19 (13 from 2002-03 to 2007-08 and six prior to 2002-03) secondary diagnosis fields in HES that show other diagnoses relevant to the episode of care.Data qualityHES are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts in England. Data is 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 timeHES 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 YearsYears are assigned by the end of the first period of care in a patient’s hospital stay.Source:Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The NHS Information Centre for health and social care