Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Alcohol related admissions rise

A very concerning statistic indeed which shows that intervention is necessary in relation to alcohol dependency in the Chatham and Aylesford constituency for men and women.

Whilst many assume alcoholism is more a problem for men it is not born out in statistics

Alcohol consumption in excess can ruin lives and it can destroy families. Whilst many assume it is solely a male problem statistics indicate that over 39,000 women are currently being treated which represents 35% of all such admissions. This % figure has remained statics for many years as the numbers continue to rise significantly

I am particularly interested in the alcohol statistics as Luton and Wayfield ward has the highest level of ward admissions for alcohol related problems in the Medway Towns. 

This anecdotal evidence below suggests that the problem is worsening in many areas with more people being treated putting a strain on the NHS. 

I would fully support minumum pricing policy on alcohol and restrictions on sales and Council enforcement of licensing. I am also working on extension of Control Zones.

Sum of the alcohol attributable fractions(1) for women in Chatham and Aylesford parliamentary constituency of residence(2) and England for the years 2007-08 to 2011-12(3)
Chatham and Aylesford parliamentary constituency of residenceEngland

Female clients in treatment, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11
Source: National Alcohol Treatment Monitoring System Statistics Report, 1 April 2010 to 31 March.


  1. There is now a very good opportunity to comment as Medway Council is reviewing its Licensing Laws and consultation has started. Councillors will know of the effect of drinking at local Night Clubs as well as retail outlets. I hope Medway Labour Group will comment.


  2. Anon; the Labour Group has a very low tolerance of drink promotions and activities which cause harm to our community which is why we have been leading on establishing ACZ's, on low smoking campaigns and also on promoting restrictions on fast food outlets near schools.

    We have been working with some in the Conservative administration to be fair on improving our highstreets and on enforcement.

    Our concern is that their is a very aggressive streak within the Tory group which may seek to waterdown restrictions on offlicences, fast food restaurants and promotions. You need to hold these people to account...