Alcohol - Public Health Dorset


Harmful levels of drinking have both health and social consequences. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), harmful use of alcohol is a causal factor in several diseases and injury types, as well as being causally linked to a range of mental and behavioural disorders and infectious diseases. Reducing alcohol-related harm is a key priority for Public Health.

In BCP, the rate of hospital admissions for alcohol-related conditions is higher than England – the rates are lower for Dorset Council. The rate of hospiral admissions for alcohol-related conditions in the under 18s is higher for both BCP and Dorset.

Key statistics

Indicators are drawn from the dataset: Local Alcohol Profiles for England(PHE). 

* indicates a statistically significant difference from the respective English Average.

Alcohol key statistics
Indicator Time period BCP Dorset South West England
Admission episodes for alcohol related conditions (Narrow) 2019/20 635* 416* 528 519
Admission episodes, alcohol-related - under 18s (crude rate per 100,000) 2017/18 - 2019/20 59.8* 46.6* 45.4* 30.7
Alcohol related mortality (direct standardised rate per 100,000) 2020 38.9 31.2* 34.8 37.8

Source: Local Alcohol Profiles for England (assessed 30/12/2021)


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