Norfolk’s drinkers left the NHS with a £43m bill last year, figures released by an alcohol charity reveal.

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In 2010/11 there were 105,565 hospital admissions caused by alcohol in the county, racking up healthcare costs of £43.1m.

Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North has expressed her deep concern over the number of hospital admissions.

Ms Smith, pictured, who has campaigned for responsible drinking in the city centre and minimum alcohol pricing said: “These figures are very alarming and too high.

“Every number is a person, perhaps with a family, who needs help.

“However, it is clear that £43.1m in Norfolk could be better spent on health services. A drink on a night out should not end in a trip to hospital.”

The number of admissions to accident and emergency was 61,297, which came at a cost of £7m.

Drinkers needing treatment came from across the age groups.

The figures from charity Alcohol Concern also showed that 14pc of people in Norfolk were damaging their health by drinking too much.

And in 2009, 252 people died in the county from illnesses caused by alcohol.

Rosalie Weetman, CEO of the Matthew Project on Pottergate, in Norwich, which helps alcoholics said: “Problematic alcohol use covers a wide range of issues: from binge drinking – which can lead to violence and anti-social behaviour, as well as being a factor in many A&E admissions – to dependent drinkers, for whom persistent alcohol use and abuse has become a normal part of daily life.”

The Matthew Project helps get drinkers to quit alcohol through an eight-week group at their offices in Pottergate.

Next year, a new service called the Norfolk Recovery Partnership, formed by The Matthew Project, the NHS Trust Alcohol and Drug Service and the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust, will attempt to cut the cost of alcohol misuse through therapy, group work, and substitute prescription.

9 comments

  • Its part of UK life........Benefits,Drink,Drugs support groups etc.......If these people want to abuse there Bodies then make em pay for treatment.......Dont make those that work hard to make a better life pay for those that dont!

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    dave123

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • Dave123 that is such a sweeping and ridiculous statement. I think you will find that people who suffer from substance abuse whether that is alcohol or drugs come from all walks of life. Should we also charge the people who are in hospital because of their poor diet or lack of exercise? Or those who are at fault when motoring accident happens in which they are injured. It must be nice to be perfect dave.

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    John L Norton

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • Yes Daisy Roots is quite right on this one. It does not help to bandy distorted figures about in a sensationalist way. Most people do drink responsibly and pay very heavily for the freedom to do so. A minority abuse alcohol but they require help not indiscriminate condemnation. I go along with John L Norton's point about the easy availability of liquor round the clock. A domestic products and toiletries shop in Thetford - opposite an off-licence - was recently given a licence to sell alcohol till late. Needless to say the products stocked are the high octane beverages and throwing lagers favoured by the street drinkers.

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    JCW

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • Projects which help those who are inadequate or dysfunctional and whose lives are ruined by which ever substance they choose to abuse are of course to be applauded. But a general and sweeping interference in the freedoms of the majority who are moderate is not welcome.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • As far as I am aware Alcohol Concern has its roots in a teetotaller anti alcohol organisation,has an agenda and its research should not be used by politicians. Nor should carelessly acquired data from the National Health.It has been revealed this week that extravagant claims for the need for minimum pricing and the adverse impact of alcohol on the elderly were found to be based on false data and false conclusions provided by Sheffield University researchers. A night or day out can end in a trip to hospital whether alcohol is involved or not. Ticking a box to say a drink has been taken when someone has had an accident for an unrelated reason can skew figures.Were there really over 100,000 admissions in Norfolk where alcohol was the sole and fundamental cause of the admission? Seems very high given the adult population of Norfolk-based on my dodgy back of a f*g packet sums it is about one in four of A&E admissions and one in twenty of all admissions The same applies to illnesses where alcohol is not an actual cause-all but the TT will be ticking a box to say they have a drink every now and then. Beware these puritans using health expense to justify their feelings about alcohol.The EDP reporter who wrote this article should follow up with more detail about the figures, how they are collected and how it is decided that alcohol is a contributing factor.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • How much are these so-called 'drinkers' contributing to the NHS through their NI payments, income tax, duty on the alcohol, and VAT etc I wonder. Could prove to be terrific value.

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    GoodRockinDaddy

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • Norfolk’s drinkers leave NHS with a £43m bill. Some of the blame should be laid squarely and firmly at the door of the government and the local council licensing committees, they have gone out of their way to make alcohol freely available 24....7. Take the recent news that a new supermarket in Drayton will be allowed to sell alcohol 18 hours a day when it opens on Thursday and 24 hours a day for a 21-day period over Christmas and New Year. These people are actively promoting the over consumption of alcohol and should be ashamed of themselves.

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    John L Norton

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • John Norton- Take off your fluffy blinkers and face facts.......A and E are overun at times with repeat patients who are intoxicated or under the influence of Drugs,many times its the same old faces who abuse the system and these people should pay for treatment.......and not hold up or prevent genuine patients from obtaining medical services.Thankfully here in Spain they are refused access in favour of genuine patients.

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    dave123

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • Norfolk’s drinkers leave NHS with a £43m bill. Some of the blame should be laid squarely and firmly at the door of the government and the local council licensing committees, they have gone out of their way to make alcohol freely available 24....7. Take the recent news that a new supermarket in Drayton will be allowed to sell alcohol 18 hours a day when it opens on Thursday and 24 hours a day for a 21-day period over Christmas and New Year. These people are actively promoting the over consumption of alcohol and should be ashamed of themselves.

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    John L Norton

    Monday, October 15, 2012

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