Public Health England (PHE) produce the Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE), presenting 26 indicators that measure the impact of alcohol on local communities, including alcohol-related hospital admissions and alcohol-related crime data, for example. The latest profiles for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can be found below. The LAPE website also provides the data in an interactive atlas format and includes links to a number of other resources.
How do Cambridgeshire's districts compare to the England average?
The picture for Cambridgeshire's districts is generally positive with only a few indicators rating significantly worse than the England average:
- Alcohol-specific hospital admissions are significantly higher in men in Cambridge compared with the England average (2012/13 data).
- Alcohol-related admission episodes (broad measure) are significantly higher in Cambridge compared with the England average (2012/13 data).
- Binge drinking is rated as significantly higher than the England average in Cambridge, though this is based on 2007-08 modelled estimates.
- Alcohol-related admission episodes (broad measure) are significantly higher in Fenland compared with the England average (2012/13 data).
East Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire all rate significantly higher than the national average for the percentage of employed people working in bars. However, the definition of this indicator has recently changed and its interpretation is uncertain.
How does Peterborough compare to the England average?
Alcohol-related hospital admissions (broad measure) are significantly higher than the England average in Peterborough, in men and women. The 'narrow' version of this measure is also significantly higher in men in Peterborough compared with the England average.
A number of indicators relating to alcohol refer to alcohol-specific and alcohol-related conditions. Alcohol-specific conditions are conditions in which alcohol is causally implicated in all cases of the condition. Alcohol-related conditions include all alcohol-specific conditions plus a proportion of other conditions in which alcohol is causally implicated in some cases of the condition, such as liver disease and hypertension. Full definitions for all of the indicators are included in the LAPE User Guide.
The 2014 profiles introduced new 'narrow' measures of alcohol-related hospital admissions and admission episodes. Narrow measures only include alcohol-related conditions based on the primary code for the hospital record (main reason for admission) or where there is an alcohol-related external cause, whereas broad measures also count alcohol-related conditions included in secondary codes (other diagnoses that affect treatment). The broad measures are considered a better reflection of alcohol burden on the community and services but the narrow measures are considered better for comparing areas and making comparison over time as they are less sensitive to variation in coding practice. A new narrow measure for alcohol-related hospital admissions is included for persons in the Public Health Outcomes Framework (Indicator 2.18).
Other alcohol information sources
Cambridgeshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT): http://www.cambsdaat.org/
Public Health England - Data and knowledge gateway (Drugs and Alcohol): http://datagateway.phe.org.uk/index_drugs.html
Health & Social Care Information Centre - Statistics on Alcohol - England, 2013: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB10932
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