Alcohol admissions 'stretch' NHS

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A huge rise in people suffering alcohol-related injuries and illness is putting an increasing strain on the NHS in Brighton and Hove, and is said to be costing millions of pounds a year.

Extra staff are having to be deployed at weekends to cope with what one expert is calling "a 24-hour problem".

Figures show that just under 5,000 people were admitted to the Royal Sussex County Hospital because of alcohol in the 12 months up to March.

For the size of population, it is a rate 70% higher than the national average.

And it is estimated to be costing the city's health services £84m a year.

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