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England, you appear to have a drink problem

From Hansard:

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related hospital admissions of (a) men and (b) women aged (i) under 10 years, (ii) between 10 and 16 years, (iii) between 17 and 21 years, (iv) between 22 and 26 years and (v) over 26 years there were in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. [271049]

Dawn Primarolo: The information requested is given in the following table. Data are only available from 2002- 03 to 2007-08.

As the figures for the under 26s are low, I have knocked up two charts for the sake of clarity:

Firstly, hospital admissions by age cohort by gender:

So, admissions up around 50% for 17-21 year olds and 22-26 year olds of both sexes in five years. The war on sauce seems to be on the way to being won with the under 10s though.

I imagine these are largely casualty admissions.

And the over 26s, paired with the 17-26 group:

Admissions for men 26+ up 74% and for women by 67%. Presumably this is for the long term rather than the more immediate impact of overdoing it.

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Anonymous formertory said... 7:53 am

I never thought I'd find anything positive to say about Primarolo, D.

But I'm quietly impressed at finding one of the very few other people in the world who seems to knows that "data" is the plural form and who won't kow-tow to the "the data is" brigade!

Good for Dawn.

Now excuse me while I go wash my mouth with soap. Oh, alright then, Lagavulin.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:14 am

FT - whisper it low, but the answer was probably written by one of her peons. I for one will not be engaging in Dawn 'IR35' Primarolo revisionism for a while yet.

Good choice of mouthwash.  

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