Blaenau Gwent tops hospital booze cases per head
BLAENAU Gwent saw the highest number of admissions to hospital due to alcohol, relative to its size, in the whole of Wales last year.
Blaenau Gwent, which has a population of 70,000, saw 591 admissions to hospital in 2011/12 for ‘alcohol-specific’ conditions, the 14th highest in Wales.
But when ranked per 100,000 population, Blaenau Gwent came out on top, with the equivalent of 857 admissions per 100,000 people. Newport was in fourth place with 618; Caerphilly sixth with 600; Torfaen seventh with 591, and; Monmouthshire 18th with 404. The Welsh average is 501 admissions per 100,000.
Aneurin Bevan Health Board had the second highest number of admissions in Wales for ‘alcohol-specific’ conditions in 2011/2012, with 3,491 admissions. This figure is the highest in Wales when ranked by population, with 603 admissions per 100,000.
The data, from NHS Wales Information Service, also ranks the number of admissions for ‘alcohol attributable’ conditions, showing that Aneurin Bevan Health Board recorded 1,446 admissions for women and 2,509 for men in 2011/12, per 100,000 population – the highest in Wales.
In Newport, 18 young people in the authority area were referred for specialist treatment by specialist substance misuse treatment service B@1 between April 2012 and September 2013.
Of those who used the service, which is run by Barnardo’s Cymru, Aneurin Bevan Health Board’s child and adolescent mental health service and Newport council, 118 were referred for specialist treatment for cannabis and 14 for mephedrone.
Andrew Misell, director of Alcohol Concern Cymru, said: “This report highlights once again what a big impact alcohol is having on young people’s lives in Wales. That’s hardly surprising given that alcohol is so easy to get hold of, so cheap, and so normal in our society. ”
One venue offering cheap alcohol in Newport is the Lliswerry and Nash Constitutional Club, but this is to ensure that its largely OAP customer base can afford to get out of the house and socialise, said director Andrew Murdoch. “We don’t encourage people to become alcoholics. Other places are struggling to survive because of supermarkets selling alcohol so cheaply. Pensioners can afford to come here, rather than drinking at home.”
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