Norwich MP Simon Wright raises concerns about surge in alcohol-related hospital admissions
A city MP has raised concerns in Parliament about alcohol admissions to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Norwich South MP Simon Wright told health ministers the Colney-based hospital has seen a 'dramatic rise in alcohol related admissions over the last 10 years.'
He asked what steps are being taken to expand treatment and early intervention for dependent and harmful drinkers in Norfolk.
Health minister Paul Burstow replied that the strategy outlined by the government last week, which included a minimum pricing plan for alcohol would help.
Mr Wright said: 'The link between alcohol abuse and social harm is clear. Around 1m violent crimes and 1.2m hospital admissions last year involved alcohol abuse.'