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Projected service use and outcomes in 3--5 years and 5--10 years

Background papers: Lifestyle and wider determinants :: Alcohol [Update in progress] :: Projected service use and outcomes in 3--5 years and 5--10 years

According to national and local trends the rate of alcohol-related hospital admissions in Medway is expected to continue to rise. In the short term (3–5 years), increasing emphasis on alcohol misuse identification and very brief advice is likely to continue to increase demand for extended brief intervention and structured treatment services. Improved patient pathways from acute, primary care and community settings will magnify this effect.

However the interventions that have been put in place should see reductions in alcohol misuse (as evidenced by the mortality rate due to liver disease and alcohol-specific admissions); some effect of this is already in evidence. This should ultimately have an impact on service use and alcohol-related hospital admissions.