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New methodology shows time series data on alcohol admissions

October 01, 2014

New figures published today show time series data on alcohol-related hospital admissions using a revised methodology.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has updated the methodology for calculating Alcohol Attributable Fractions (AAFs) which are used to estimate how attributable alcohol consumption is to an admission for a disease or injury. This followed a public consultation led by the North West Public Health Observatory (NWPHO) working with the Department of Health and the HSCIC. 2

The additional tables published today show trends over time and follow on from the 2012-13 data published in the Statistics on Alcohol 2014 report.

These new data provide a time series back to 2003-04 and are available at http://www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/alcohol14  

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Notes to editors

1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 220 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.

2. A new methodology for calculating AAFs was decided on following a public consultation led by the North West Public Health Observatory (NWPHO) working with the Department of Health and the HSCIC. Further explanation on this is available at http://www.cph.org.uk/publication/updating-england-specific-alcohol-attributable-fractions/

3. For media enquiries or interview requests please contact the press office on media@hscic.gov.uk or 0300 3033 888 - please note our change in media line number.

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