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Alcohol consumption has doubled in the UK since 1950s and is a contributing factor in hospital admissions and deaths from a wide range of conditions.  The misuse of alcoholic beverages is also linked to a proportion of violent crimes, particularly related to the night time economy, and it is also implicated in the escalation of domestic abuse.

The latest set of Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) estimate that 25.9 per cent of Herefordshire adults drink over 14 units of alcohol a week and 21 per cent of all adults binge drink (2011-14 estimates).[1]  In the same period, 14.4 per cent of Herefordshire adults reported they abstain from drinking alcohol.

In 2016/17, there were 618 hospital admissions for alcohol-specific conditions (those caused exclusively by the consumption of alcohol) in Herefordshire, which equates to a rate of 319 per 100,000 population; significantly lower than the rate for both the West Midlands region (543 per 100,000) and England (563 per 100,000).  The local admission rate for adults has remained relatively consistent between 2008/09 and 2016/17.

The admission rate for those aged under 18 has shown a decrease since 2006/07 and although the rate has remained above both the national and regional rates, the gap has reduced over this period.   In the period 2014/15 to 2016/17 the rate was 40.7 per 100,000 compared to 34.2 per 100,000 across England and 28.5 in the West Midlands region.

Hospital admissions for alcohol-specific conditions, under 18s

Source:  PHE, Local Alcohol Profiles for England.

Individuals from the most deprived areas of the county are over three
times as likely to be admitted to hospital due directly to alcohol consumption as those living in the least deprived areas.

In 2014/16 the age-standardised rate of alcohol specific mortality in
Herefordshire was 7.8 per 100,000, significantly lower than the in the West
Midlands region (12.9) and lower than in England as a whole (10.4), though not significantly so.  The rate has remained relatively stable since 2006/8.

In Herefordshire, in 2016 the proportion of alcohol users leaving alcohol
treatment successfully who did not re-present to treatment within 6 months was significantly lower than in the West Midlands region, England and all but one of Herefordshire’s comparator group.

Successful completion of treatment for alcohol – Herefordshire and comparator group

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[1] Estimate of the percentage of adults who consume at least twice the daily recommended amount of alcohol in a single drinking session (that is, 8 or more units for men and 6 or more for women).

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Last updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018