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This is how many people ended up in hospital last year after hurting themselves while drunk

Almost three quarters of the hundreds of people who showed up to A&E after drunkenly injuring themse..

By admin , in Cambridge , at February 17, 2018

Almost three quarters of the hundreds of people who showed up to A&E after drunkenly injuring themselves in Cambridgeshire last year were men, the latest figures show.

More than 800 people ended up in hospitals in Cambridgeshire last year after hurting themselves while drunk – more than two a day on average and the highest number on record.

But the latest figures from NHS England show drunk men are far more likely to take a trip to A&E than woman.

Just 74 women in Cambridgeshire were hospitalised during the year after hurting themselves while drunk compared to 734 men.

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The latest figures from Public Health England also reveal how drunken antics are putting increasing pressure on an already-strained NHS, particularly to over-stretched A&E departments.

In Cambridgeshire, 808 people ended up in A&E after a night of drinking in 2016-17.

Dr John Larsen, director of evidence and impact at Drinkaware, said: “Drinking can make us prone to minor accidents that people may dismiss as part of an average night out, but it can also be the cause of serious accidents that can lead to people needing medical intervention.

'It is best not to drink more than 14 units a week'

“There are two main things that make this likely. Because it’s a depressant, alcohol slows down the brain and affects the body’s responses.

“At the same time, if you’ve been drinking, you’re more likely to take risks. Combined, these reactions increase the chance of accidents happening.

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“To keep yourself and others safe, it is best not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.

“If you regularly drink 14 units per week, it is recommended that you spread your drinking evenly across three or more days, rather than ‘saving’ the units and having them all in one go.”

The kind of drinking that leads to unintentional injuries does more than harm your health, however – it is a massive burden on NHS staff, and can leave others waiting for treatment.

Across hospitals that cover Cambridgeshire, 5,384 people were left waiting in A&E for more than four hours in January alone – 22 per cent of all attendances.

'Too often A&E is the only place they have to turn'

Andrew Misell, director of Alcohol Concern, said: “Across the UK, our A&E departments are increasingly stretched.

“One of the avoidable issues they face are the injuries sustained as a result of alcohol.

“Aside from the obvious pressure this puts on hospitals, emergency treatment for alcohol-related injuries and illnesses is not enough; many of these injured people will be people who drink heavily and need more than emergency support if they are going to avoid return visits to A&E in the near future.

“But too often A&E is the only place they have to turn.

“We need to ensure that dependent drinkers have real, high-quality support available to them, as well as to help all of us become more aware of the dangers – long and short-term – of heavy drinking.”

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