Ka¯ piti ar­eas top al­co­hol-re­lated ad­mis­sions

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Ka¯ piti should be con­cerned by re­gional health fig­ures on the neg­a­tive im­pact of al­co­hol re­lated to hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions that show four of our com­mu­ni­ties in the top 25 most af­fected neigh­bour­hoods for the whole Welling­ton re­gion, Ka¯ piti mayor K Gu­runathan said.

“Of par­tic­u­lar con­cern is Para­pa­raumu Cen­tral which tops the re­gion as an area with the high­est rate of al­co­hol­re­lated hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions.

“It’s num­ber one across the re­gion in both the ad­mis­sions for acute cases and for chronic cases.”

Waikanae West, Para­pa­raumu Beach South and Rau­mati Beach also fea­ture in the top of the list.

“Ad­mis­sions in­clude for acute in­tox­i­ca­tion and al­co­hol poi­son­ing.

“The fig­ures show the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol in cases of self-in­flicted in­juries, falls, mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents, as­saults, poi­son­ing and burns.

“Un­der chronic con­di­tions, the im­pact of al­co­hol is wholly re­lated to men­tal dis­or­der, liver and pan­cre­atic dis­ease, ner­vous sys­tem de­gen­er­a­tion and par­tially linked to a range of ill­ness in­clud­ing can­cers, hy­per­ten­sion and res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tions.”

The ad­mis­sions were from July 2009 to Au­gust 2018. Para­pa­raumu Cen­tral with a pop­u­la­tion of 6735 had 137 ad­mis­sions for acute con­di­tions and 424 for chronic ad­mis­sions.

“Sur­pris­ingly, the fig­ures also show that women be­tween the ages of be­tween 80 to 94 years old were par­tic­u­larly high in ad­mis­sions un­der acute con­di­tions.

“With the men aged 55 to 59 years old show­ing high ad­mis­sions un­der chronic con­di­tions.

“The alarm­ing fig­ure was re­leased by Re­gional Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer Dr Stephen Palmer.

“Ka¯ piti Coast Dis­trict Coun­cil is cur­rently un­der­tak­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on a re­view of the 2013 Con­trol of Al­co­hol in Pub­lic Places By­law.”

In the 2010 Law Com­mis­sion Re­port ti­tled Al­co­hol in our Lives: Curb­ing the Harm Sir Ge­of­frey Palmer noted po­lice viewed the im­pact of al­co­hol as the big­gest prob­lem fac­ing them.

“The Law Com­mis­sion en­cour­ages all or­gan­i­sa­tions, busi­nesses, coun­cils, ed­u­ca­tion bod­ies and clubs in New Zealand to see what they can do to change the drink­ing cul­ture by tak­ing steps within their con­trol . . . The law can shape and in­flu­ence as­pects of the cul­ture but it can­not con­trol it,” Sir Ge­of­frey said.

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