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Over 16,000 emergency admissions as a result of alcohol over five years

The figures show that there were 3,357 such admissions in 2011; 3,493 in 2012; 3,204 in 2013; 3,162 in 2014; and 3,064 in 2015.

Letterkenny University Hospital had one of the highest numbers of alcohol-related emergency inpatient admissions over this period, with 1,063 such admissions.

Other hospitals with high numbers of alcohol-related admissions included: the Mater Hospital, Dublin (953); St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny (853); and Wexford General Hospital (740).

The emergency admissions recorded included: mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol; alcohol liver failure; toxic effect of alcohol; degeneration of nervous system due to alcohol; and alcoholic cardiomyopathy.

The numbers of admissions were identified through hospital discharges available from the Hospital in Patient Enquire (HiPE) system, which captures records relating to all inpatient and day-case  activity in publicly-funded Irish hospitals.

Emergency department and outpatient attendances are not recorded on HiPE.

The figures were provided in response to a parliamentary question from Fianna Fáil Deputy Jack Chambers asking for the number of alcohol-related admissions in each year from 2011 to 2016.

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