Concern at high rates of Barnsley drinkers in hospital - especially since lockdown
Barnsley has the highest rate of hospital admissions for women drinkers in Yorkshire and Humber, a new report shows.
The borough has 'significantly' higher rates of alcohol admissions for men than the national average.
Alcoholic liver disease seen in hospital is at the 'highest for ten years' for men and women, a trend repeated nationally.
And admissions for those injured by violent crime in Barnsley stands at 75.6 percent per 100,000 - significantly higher that the England average of 44.9 percent.
In the week before lockdown in Barnsley alcohol sales were up by 67 percent, according to a report by Garreth Robinson, senior public health officer, who investigates drinking habits, and lays out what can be done to tackle alcohol abuse.
It states that although there is no data to link all of the admissions to alcohol: 'Strong assumptions can be made that a number are indeed related to the use of alcohol.’
In a bid to tackle this, information will be shared by Barnsley Hospital A&E department to identify and target "hotspots" of violent crime.
A survey found nearly one in five daily drinkers had increased the amount they drank since lockdown, but those who were already drinking the least had cut down the most - 37 per cent stated they were drinking less; 17 per cent were drinking more; and eight per cent had stopped drinking alcohol all together.
An audit of 12 under-18s referred to a specialist drug and alcohol service found that eleven of the youngsters were between the age of 15-17, with the youngest 13 years old.