Misuse of alcohol

Misuse of alcohol

National data

The alcohol needs analysis research project (ANARP)[1] undertaken in 2005 found that:
  • 38% of men and 16% of women (aged 16–64) have an alcohol use disorder
  • 32% of men and 15% of women are hazardous or harmful alcohol users of alcohol
  • 21% of men and 9% of women were identified as binge drinkers
  • 6% of men and 2% of women have alcohol dependence.
  • Data from the health survey for England for 2003-2005 shows that across England binge drinking prevalence in adults (aged 16 years and above) was 18.0%.
  • There is a rising trend in hospital admissions for alcohol related harm in England.
  • In November 2008, there were around 42,000 (130.6 per 100,000) incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claimants whose main medical reason for being unable to work was alcoholism.

Regional data

  • In the absence of robust local data, synthetic estimates based on the health survey for England are used to compare binge drinking prevalence in adults (aged 16 years and above) in local authorities. These show that for 2003-2005 estimated binge drinking prevalence for the North East was 26.5%.
  • There is a rising trend in hospital admissions for alcohol related harm in the North East.
  • In November 2008, there were around 2,800 (175.8 per 100,000) incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claimants whose main medical reason for being unable to work was alcoholism.

Local data

  • Applying the prevalence estimates from the alcohol needs analysis research project (ANARP) to the local population, estimates show that there are:
    • 53,300 persons with an alcohol use disorder
    • 46,400 hazardous or harmful alcohol users of alcohol
    • 7,900 persons with alcohol dependence
  • There is a rising trend in hospital admissions for alcohol related harm in Northumberland; the rate of increase is faster than all other similar PCTs.
  • Deaths from chronic liver disease, including cirrhosis, are not significantly different to the England average and compare well with similar PCTs.
  • 52% of the population in treatment for drug misuse use alcohol as their main drug. 80% use alcohol as a first, second or third drug.
  • Hospital admissions for alcohol related harm are rising in Northumberland, although below the regional average.
  • Approximately 25% of arrests of people aged between 16 and 60 are of people under the influence of alcohol.
  • Binge drinking – current estimates between 2003 and 2005 suggest that 25.5% of people aged under 16 years engage in binge drinking.
  • In 2008 and 2009 Northumberland Trading Standards received 27 complaints alleging alcohol sales to under 18s. The majority of these were in the south east of the county.
  • The ‘tellus survey’ provided the following results:
    • The proportion of pupils who responded that they had an alcoholic drink or have taken drugs in the last four weeks is 1.3% worse than the SN average and 2.5% worse than the national average, ranked ninth out of the SN group and eighth out of the regional authorities.
    • Based on the reweighted data, substance misuse in Northumberland is now 1.1% worse than in 2008.
    • The outcomes in 2009 are in line with the LAA target due to the target being based on the higher baseline from the original ‘tellus’ data (13.4%).

Profiles

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