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Alcohol-related morbidity in Ireland,Issue 62, Summer 2017.


Deirdre Mongan

Subject Keywords: alcohol Consumption
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland

In 2016, the Health Research Board (HRB) published an overview of the situation in Ireland regarding alcohol consumption and harm and trends over time.1 This overview provided an analysis of alcohol-related discharges from 1995 to 2013 that were wholly attributable (i.e. alcohol is a necessary cause for these conditions to manifest). The data were obtained from the Hospital In-Patient Enquiry (HIPE) scheme, which collects clinical and administrative data on discharges (including deaths) from acute Irish hospitals and is managed by the Healthcare Pricing Office (HPO) in the Health Service Executive (HSE). The purpose of this article is to update this analysis for the years 2014 and 2015. A detailed description of the methods undertaken in this analysis may be found in the 2016 overview. 

Number of alcohol-related discharges

The number of alcohol-related discharges increased in 2014 and 2015, with 17,917 recorded in 2015 (Table 1). The proportion of alcohol-related bed days has increased from 3.2% in 2006 to 3.8% in 2015. In 2015, alcohol-related discharges accounted for 175,750 bed days, which means that each day 482 beds were occupied by people with a wholly attributable alcohol-related condition. There has also been an increase in the mean length of stay, from 8.1 days in 2006 to 10.8 days in 2015, which suggests that patients with alcohol-related diagnoses are becoming more complex in terms of their illness.






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Deirdre Mongan. (2017) Alcohol-related morbidity in Ireland,Issue 62, Summer 2017. [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 21st August 2019].


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