One per­son a week rushed to hos­pi­tal with liver dis­ease

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - STU­ART GREER

AN av­er­age of one per­son a week was rushed to Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal for al­co­hol­re­lated liver dis­ease last year.

New fig­ures from the NHS re­veal that there were 58 emer­gency ad­mis­sions in the area for liver dis­ease brought on by ex­cess drink­ing in 2016-17.

It was around the same - 56 - dur­ing 2015-16.

That works out at 32 emer­gency hos­pi­tal stays for ev­ery 100,000 peo­ple liv­ing in east Cheshire - a higher rate than the na­tional av­er­age.

The fig­ures come as Cheshire East Coun­cil launches a cam­paign aimed at re­duc­ing the amount of al­co­hol un­der 30s drink.

‘Drink Less En­joy More’ en­cour­ages young peo­ple to cut back on how much they drink at home be­fore go­ing out – so-called ‘preload­ing’ - as well as how much they con­sume when vis­it­ing bars, pubs and clubs.

Drunk­en­ness can have im­me­di­ate health con­se­quences such as al­co­hol poi­son­ing, but can also con­trib­ute to sex­ual vi­o­lence, ac­ci­dents and vi­o­lent crimes.

Coun­cil li­cenc­ing teams and Cheshire Po­lice will be work­ing with pubs and bars re­mind­ing them that serv­ing peo­ple who are clearly drunk could see them stripped of their li­cence and fined up to £1,000.

Coun­cil­lor Paul Brant, cabi­net mem­ber for adult so­cial care and health, said: “This is about re­duc­ing the strain on pub­lic ser­vices such as the po­lice, am­bu­lance staff and hos­pi­tals at a time when they are al­ready un­der mas­sive pres­sure.

“We know that many peo­ple travel into the city from sur­round­ing ar­eas so it makes sense to spread the cam­paign more widely.”

The fig­ures com­pare favourably with neigh­bour­ing Stock­port where the num­ber of emer­gency ad­mis­sions for drinkre­lated liver dis­ease was much higher, ris­ing from 117 in 2015-16 to 152 last year.

That means the area now has one of the high­est rates of emer­gency hos­pi­tal stays in the coun­try - 62 for ev­ery 100,000 peo­ple liv­ing there.

Across Eng­land heavy drinkers were ur­gently ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal as a re­sult of liver dis­ease on 12,508 oc­ca­sions, or 28 times for ev­ery 100,000 peo­ple in the coun­try.

That’s up slightly from the 12,402 emer­gency ad­mis­sions seen last year, and a 20 per cent in­crease from 2010-11, when there were 10,361 drink-re­lated hos­pi­tal stays for liver dis­ease.

Ru­dolph Wragg, from Mac­cles­field

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