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Rushmoor tops county's drink-related hospitalisations

According to new figures, the proportion of Rushmoor residents needing treatment for alcohol-related conditions is the highest in Hampshire

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The proportion of Rushmoor residents needing treatment for alcohol-related conditions vastly exceeded that of any other borough in Hampshire, new figures reveal.

Research by the Health & Social Care Information Centre shows that in Hampshire there were 20,240 hospital visits by residents for such conditions, representing 1,420 per 100,000 residents, in 2012/13.

But the proportion of residents in Rushmoor needing treatments was 2,200 per 100,000.

Hart made a more modest contribution to the overall admissions figures for Hampshire, with 1,360 in total, or 1,440 per 100,000 residents.

Over the border in Surrey someone was admitted with an illness wholly or party caused by alcohol every 30 minutes during the same period, equating to 1,480 visits for every 100,000 people living in the county.

Of the worst 10 local authority areas in the county for admissions per 100,000 population, only one, Islington, was in the south.

The worst-affected area was Middlesbrough, with 3,380 per 100,000.

As a region, the South East had a worse proportion of alcohol admissions per population size than the Midlands, the South West, the East of England and Yorkshire and Humber, but it was not as bad as the North East and the North West.

Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care, which is based in Guildford, operates a free help line to those suffering from drug and alcohol problems, or their family and friends, which is open at all hours, everyday of the year.

A spokesman said: “The majority of the calls to our line are about alcohol problems.

“We can offer counselling and refer people directly to treatment.”

To contact the help line, call 0808 802 5000.


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