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Accident and Emergency Departments: Alcoholic Drinks

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated research on the proportion of accident and emergency admissions on Friday and Saturday nights attributable to alcohol-related incidents. (319603)

The Department has not commissioned research on the proportion of alcohol-related accident and emergency (A&E) attendances on Friday and Saturday nights. However, in March 2008, as part of its review of the impact of the Licensing Act 2003, the Government looked at the impact of alcohol and the new licensing act on A&E services.

The review noted that

“Alcohol-related demands on A&E services appear to have been stable in aggregate, though some individual hospitals have seen increased demand, others a fall.”