WSTA welcomes fall in underage admissions, but warns there is more to do

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has welcomed figures that show the number of alcohol related admissions for underage drinkers has dropped dramatically in the past few years.

The figures, revealed in a Parliamentary Question by Andrew Griffiths MP, show that wholly attributable admissions for under 12s have dropped by 43% since 2008/9 from 364 to 209; and for under 17s the number has dropped by 37% from 6,876 to 4,360 in the same time period. All admissions for under 17s, including those only partially attributable to alcohol, have dropped by 20% from 12,846 to 10,073.

Commenting on the figures WSTA Chief Executive Miles Beale said:

“We welcome the news that alcohol related admissions for young people have reduced significantly year on year. We believe this is in part due to industry action through Community Alcohol Partnerships, alcohol education and Challenge 25.

However, this is no time to be complacent. Admissions remain too high and this is why the industry continues to work closely with Government and others to look at new, evidence-based ways to tackle underage alcohol misuse.”



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Parliamentary Question: Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people under (a) 13 and (b) 18 were admitted to hospital for an (i) alcohol-related condition and (ii) alcohol-specific condition in each of the last five years. [178431]

Dr Poulter: The following table contains the sum of the estimated alcohol-related admissions, using attributable fractions for 0 to 12-year-olds and 0 to 17-year-olds residents in England.

It should be noted that these figures are not a count of people and represent an estimated number of admissions that were attributable to alcohol.

Alcohol attributable fractions (AAFs) are based on the proportion of a given diagnosis or injury that is estimated to be attributed to alcohol. Some diagnoses or injuries will, by definition, be wholly attributable to alcohol and have an AAF of one, others will only be partly attributable to alcohol and have an AAF greater than zero, but less than one. Diagnoses or injuries that are not attributable at all to alcohol will have an AAF of zero.

These figures are derived by summing all AAFs for the relevant admissions and should therefore only be interpreted as an estimate of the number of admissions that can be attributed to alcohol.

It should also be noted that attributable fractions are not available for children under 16. Therefore figures for this age group relate only to wholly-attributable admissions, where the attributable fraction is one.

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The sum of AAF1 for admission episodes for (a) 0 to 12-year-olds and (b) 0 to 17-year-olds where (i) the AAF for the episode is one (wholly attributable to alcohol) and (ii) the AAF for the episode is less than one (partially attributable to alcohol) for the years 2008-09 to 2012-132.


0   to12 years

0 to 17 years































1 Alcohol-related admissions The number of alcohol-related admissions is based on the methodology developed by the North West Public Health Observatory, which uses 48 indicators for alcohol-related illnesses, determining the proportion of a wide range of diseases and injuries that can be partly attributed to alcohol as well as those that are, by definition, wholly attributable to alcohol. Further information on these proportions can be found at 2

Assessing growth through time HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in NHS practice. For example, apparent reductions in activity may be due to a number of procedures which may now be undertaken in outpatient settings and so no longer include in admitted patient HES data. Note: Activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The Health and Social Care Information Centre.

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