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Balance calls for action as hospital admissions reach new high

Balance is calling on the Government to take emergency action on cheap alcohol after new figures show alcohol hospital admissions in England have reached all-time record levels – with the North East suffering the most.

England has reached a new all-time high in alcohol-related hospital admissions, up from 1.17 million in 2017 to 1.26 million in 2018.

Rates have risen by 6.9% in the North East compared to 6.4% nationally and while the North East has had a lower rise than some regions, there are clear regional disparities between the levels of harm experienced in the South and the North of England.

Rates of adult admissions 100% attributable to alcohol consumption are rising at even faster rates. The only positive news is continuing reductions in under 18 alcohol admissions, which have fallen by over 4% in the North East.

The new figures, released by the Office of National Statistics and Public Health England, also show that alcohol is 74% more affordable than it was in 1987. In real terms, alcohol duty has been cut in every budget since 2012. Beer duty alone has fallen by 18% in that period.

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