Hospital admissions due to alcohol

Alcohol-related hospital admissions are used as a way of understanding the impact of alcohol on the health of a population.  There are two measures used in LAPE and elsewhere to assess this burden: the Broad and the Narrow measure.

Broad definition: A measure of hospital admissions where either the primary diagnosis (main reason for admission) or one of the secondary (contributory) diagnoses is an alcohol-related condition.  This represents a Broad measure of alcohol-related admissions but is sensitive to changes in coding practice over time.

Narrow definition: A measure of hospital admissions where the primary diagnosis (main reason for admission) is an alcohol-related condition.  This represents a Narrower measure. Since every hospital admission must have a primary diagnosis it is less sensitive to coding practices but may also understate the part alcohol plays in the admission.

In general, the Broad measure gives an indication of the full impact of alcohol on hospital admissions and the burden placed on the NHS.  The Narrow measure estimates the number of hospital admissions which are primarily due to alcohol consumption and provides the best indication of trends in alcohol-related hospital admissions.

LAPE alcohol-related admissions by cause (formerly produced by HSCIC), February 2020

Tables of the latest admissions included in LAPE broken down by cause and age, February 2020.

LAPE admissions by cause, February 2020

LAPE admissions update, February 2020

Statistical commentary of the latest admission data included in LAPE, February 2020.

LAPE statistical commentary, February 2020

LAPE update, August 2019

Statistical commentary of the latest data included in LAPE including alcohol-related cancer incidence, August 2019.

LAPE statistical commentary, August 2019

LAPE admissions update, February 2019

Statistical commentary of the latest admission data included in LAPE, February 2019.

LAPE statistical commentary, February 2019

Statistics on Alcohol, England

This statistical report presents a range of information on alcohol use and misuse by adults and children, including hospital admissions, drawn together from a variety of sources for England unless otherwise stated.

Statistics on Alcohol, 2020