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Long Term Monitoring of Health Inequalities: Headline Indicators – October 2014

Annual update of the 'Long-term Monitoring of Health Inequalities' headline indicators.

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Alcohol - first ever hospital admission aged under 75 years

Between 1997 and 2012, rates of new hospital admissions for alcohol-related conditions among those aged under 75 years fell by 24% to 214.6 new cases per 100,00 population. These types of admissions are around five times more common in the most deprived areas compared to the least deprived. In 2012, there were 413.1 per 100,000 population in the most deprived areas, compared to 90.4 per 100,000 in areas of least deprivation.

A gradual downward trend was observed in relative inequality from 1997, which, since 2008, had begun to stabilise. However, the rate of relative inequality in 2012 reached its lowest level in the time series.

Absolute inequality has also reduced over time, despite some fluctuation, and is now at the lowest level in the time series. The reduction over the long term in both relative and absolute inequality is largely due to the fall in deaths in the most deprived areas, which have been reducing more quickly than those in the least deprived.

Inequalities gradient in 2012

Alcohol related hospital admissions amongst those aged <75y by income - Employment index: Scotland 2012

Relative Index of Inequality (RII) over time

Relative Index of Inequality (RII): Alcohol related hospital admissions <75y - Scotland 1997-2012

Absolute range over time

Absolute range: Alcohol related hospital admissions <75y - Scotland 1997-2012

Scale / Context

Number of new cases

Target population size

Rate per 100,000(EASR)

1997

12,483

4,740,269

282.0

1998

12,806

4,729,975

288.2

1999

12,689

4,721,298

285.4

2000

12,223

4,708,667

273.0

2001

12,864

4,703,661

286.0

2002

12,863

4,701,958

285.0

2003

12,227

4,702,431

271.8

2004

13,337

4,714,233

294.9

2005

12,542

4,735,320

275.0

2006

12,682

4,752,425

274.4

2007

13,641

4,783,452

290.7

2008

13,182

4,811,453

278.9

2009

11,852

4,835,007

249.7

2010

11,195

4,858,058

234.2

2011

11,066

4,888,316

230.0

2012

10,344

4,895,114

214.6

Contact

Email: Craig Kellock

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