On 25th February, statistics were released on alcoholrelated activity in NHS hospitals in Scotland.
In 2012/13, there were 35,926 alcohol-related discharges from a general acute hospital in Scotland (a European age-sex-standardised rate of 693 discharges per 100,000 population). This is a 7.5% decrease in rates and a 7.3% decrease in absolute numbers compared to the previous year (2011/12), when there were 38,776 alcohol-related discharges (a rate of 749 discharges per 100,000 population). There was also a 16% fall Since 2008/9 when there were 828 discharges per 100,000 population.
The drop from 2008/09 to 2012/13 was particularly pronounced in the youngest age groups (under 25) with decreases between 30 and 40%. For females aged 35 to 39 the drop was only 1%, compared with 22% for males of the same age.
In all years from 2008/09 to 2012/13, the rate of alcohol-related general acute hospital discharges was approximately six to seven times greater for patients living in the most deprived areas (category 1) compared to those living in the least deprived areas (category 5).