Looking at the PCT website and the last health profile report I find:
Alcohol-related presentations at University Hospital Lewisham A&E department are estimated to account for 10% of patients overall. An estimated 6,500 presentations to GPs in the borough per year are alcohol-related.
I don’t know about you but that seems like quite a lot. So I started thinking about how we do compared with other areas.
This report suggests that in England:
an estimated 459,8361 people were admitted to hospital as a consequence of their alcohol consumption in 2005.
Here you can see that (if I’m reading things right) in Lewisham that translated into 1,392 hospital admissions for alcohol related harm last year, slightly higher than the regional average, but just about at the national average.
More worryingly for those of us off out tonight we live in an area where alcohol-related violent crime is significantly worse than both the national and regional average, as are alcohol fueled sexual offences.
If previous blogger meet ups are anything to go by those of us making our way to The Honor Oak won’t experience any of this.