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A new NHS Digital report reveals that there were 338,000 admissions to hospitals in 2017-18 as a result of alcohol drinking.

The report titled Statistics on Alcohol, England 2019 published on Tuesday is a detailed statistical report with a range of information on alcohol use in England.

The figures are similar to 2016-17 rate, but 15 per cent higher than last decade’s statistics.

However, alcohol-related admissions still account for a similar percentage of overall hospital admissions. A broader measure that looks at a range of other conditions that could be caused by alcohol shows 1.2 million admissions in 2017-18. People aged above 45 accounted for 69 per cent of admissions.

According to the report, there were 5,800 alcohol-specific deaths in 2017, which was 6 per cent higher than 2016, and alcoholic liver disease accounted for 80% of the deaths. 76,000 people were treated for problematic drinking in 2017-18, which was 6% lower than in 2016-17.

The statistical report also presents a wide range of information on alcohol use and misuse by adults and children drawn together from a variety of sources.