Turning Point responds to alcohol statistics from HSCIC

News item posted: 17 March 2017

In response to the statistics on alcohol misuse in England, published today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), Selina Douglas, Turning Point's Managing Director for Substance Misuse services said;

"These statistics show that the government cannot afford to be complacent about alcohol dependency and its cost to the public. The rise in hospital admissions caused by an alcohol related condition emphasises the acute need for continued investment in alcohol services, both in the community and in hospital settings.

One initiative that can help reduce the strain on hospitals is having dedicated alcohol teams based in A&E. We know, from the support Turning Point provides in our A and E services in Gateshead and Sunderland, that patients benefit from brief alcohol interventions in hospitals. Staff based at A and E are able to reach patients earlier, signpost to local alcohol services and provide other relevant information and guidance reducing the likelihood that they will return. Services like this, supported by continued investment in community provision, should be replicated across the country if we are to avoid seeing this statistical increase year on year."