From PJH via email, this:
Headlines asserting that hospital admissions attributable to alcohol have doubled since 2004 to over a million a year could soon be just a nasty memory.
The reason? The corrupt manner in which the figures are currently
made up calculated are to be changed. At present, if you are admitted to hospital, they make a calculation based upon the ailments you have and set that as a percentage of alcohol related admissions – and they add it on again if you are re admitted. Nor does it matter that you don’t touch a drop.
New guidelines issued by the Department of Health say that the indicator used to assemble these statistics should be based on just alcohol-related primary diagnoses.
That’s going to hit the temperance movement where it hurts. You can almost see the eyes watering just thinking about it. The result of this change will be significant:
This may seem like a small change, but it has big implications: it will cut numbers dramatically. The claimed figure of over a million admissions a year is based on scrutiny of all the conditions recorded for each patient, not just the one for which the patient is actually admitted.
About time, too. We can expect the BBC to be trumpeting the decline from the rooftops, no doubt…