Drugs and alcohol needs assessment 2023

This report summarises the information currently available on drug and alcohol use and services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in early 2023.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough drugs and alcohol needs assessment 2023


Public Health England (PHE) produce the Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE), presenting a number of  indicators that measure the impact of alcohol on local communities, including alcohol-related hospital admissions and alcohol-related crime data, for example.

Local report

Our 2018 local report presents a summary of the key indicators and updates from the LAPE to provide a rapid overview for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and the Cambridgeshire districts:

Local Alcohol Profiles for England: Summary for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, May 2018

Key definitions

‘Alcohol-specific’ or ‘alcohol-related’?

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 Interactive tool

‘Broad’ or ‘narrow’ measures?

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

Public Health England – Data and knowledge gateway (Drugs and Alcohol):  http://datagateway.phe.org.uk/index_drugs.html

Be Well Cambridgeshire: https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/be-well/

Healthy Peterborough: https://www.healthypeterborough.org.uk/201920

Government publications:

Alcohol Dependence Prevalence

Alcohol, drugs and tobacco: Commissioning support pack

Drug Strategy 2017