A National Directory of Drug Treatment Centers and Alcohol Treatment Centers, Therapists and Specialists. A free, simple directory providing assistance and guidance for those seeking help regarding alcohol addiction, drug addiction, dependency and many other conditions that affect the mind, body and soul.
Call 800-580-9104 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

One out of seven hospital beds is filled by a drinker

ONE in every seven hospital beds in the Lothians is taken up by a patient who is ill through alcohol abuse, it has emerged. The statistic is the latest stark illustration of the rising cost of alcohol abuse to the NHS.

Included in the tens of thousands of people occupying beds in the ERI every year because of drink, are those with alcohol-related liver and heart problems as well as those whose binges end with them being hospitalised.

The figures, released through a parliamentary question from Lothians Conservative MSP Gavin Brown, show that last year there were at least 33,554 bed days blamed on drink. Those statistics are only provisional, and could still rise.

It is estimated there are around 240,000 total bed days across NHS Lothian for all patients, meaning that 14 per cent could be avoided with sensible drinking.

Mr Brown said: “Alcohol misuse is increasingly becoming more and more of a drain on NHS Lothian resources and long term solutions are required to tackle the problem.

“What we require are plans that will tackle the blight that alcohol has on many, and today’s figures further highlight just how much work needs to be done. The number of acute bed days taken up by those aged over 60 are particularly shocking.

“While much of this will have to do with the accumulative effect of many years of drinking – this is further evidence, if any was needed, of why we need workable long-term solutions to tackle the blight of alcohol abuse across the Lothians so that it will put less of a strain on NHS Lothian resources.”

Over-60s took up by far the most bed days, with more than 16,000. Alarmingly, 185 “booze bed days” were for under-19s, while 831 were patients in their 20s.

The problem costs NHS Lothian more than £6 million a year, and undoubtedly has a knock-on effect on bed blocking and waiting lists.

Ross Finnie, the Liberal Democrats’ health spokesman, warned that even if people did start drinking less, there was a huge backlog of health problems waiting to emerge.

Citing recent data on liver disease in Scotland, he said: “Changing Scotland’s drinking culture was never going to happen overnight.

“But I’m pleased that long-term health campaigns are now beginning to pay off.

“The massive jump in chronic liver disease is a reminder that even if we do change the drinking habits of this and the next generation, we will still have to treat the thousands of Scots whose habits didn’t and won’t change quick enough.”

source: http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com

More Treatment & Detox Articles

Youth Risky Behavior Survey results ‘alarming’

binge drinking problem

Drug and Alcohol Taskforce members presented the Youth Risk Behavior Survey to the Gilford School Board Monday night and said they found certain trends and statistics to be alarming. Gilford selectmen were also invited to sit in on the presentation, along with the town administrator and Gilford police officers. High school nurse and taskforce member….

Continue reading

Is Executive Drug Treatment Right for Me?

Substance abuse is a serious problem that affects thousands of people both rich and poor. Suffering from drug addiction does not have to be the end of your career and you don’t have to feel like there is no hope for you if you are a business professional who is addicted to drugs. Executive drug….

Continue reading

So many women under alcohol influence

Drunk and disengaged, they put themselves, others in danger This promises to be a good year for Renee Palmer. Next month, she celebrates 10 years of sobriety. Looking back, Palmer hardly recognizes the woman she was in her 30s: a woman who would empty a 20-ounce bottle of Pepsi, leaving just enough to season a….

Continue reading

Heroin-assisted treatment safe and effective: study

A University of B.C. epidemiologist says there is now evidence to support a heroin-assisted addictions therapy clinic in Vancouver. The North American Opiate Medication Initiative, or NAOMI, study was a Vancouver and Montreal-based clinical trial assessing how patients respond to heroin, methadone and other opiate treatment. The three-year study treated 251 of the most chronically….

Continue reading