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Millar, Sean (2019) Trends in alcohol and drug admissions to psychiatric facilities. Drugnet Ireland , Issue 69, Spring 2019 , pp. 12-13.

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Activities of Irish psychiatric units and hospitals 2017,1 the annual report published by the Mental Health Information Systems Unit of the Health Research Board, shows that the number of new admissions to inpatient care for alcohol disorders has continued to stabilise.

 

In 2017, some 1,147 cases were admitted to psychiatric facilities with an alcohol disorder, of whom 437 were treated for the first time. Figure 1 presents the rates of first admission between 1997 and 2017 for cases with a diagnosis of an alcohol disorder. The admission rate in 2017 was similar to the previous year, while trends over time indicate an overall decline in first admissions. One-third of cases hospitalised for an alcohol disorder in 2017 stayed just under one week, while 31% of cases were hospitalised for between one and three months, similar to previous years.

 

In 2017, some 896 cases were admitted to psychiatric facilities with a drug disorder. Of these cases, 414 were treated for the first time. Figure 2 presents the rates of first admission between 1997 and 2017 of cases with a diagnosis of a drug disorder. Although the rate decreased slightly in 2017, there has been an overall increase in the rate of first admission with a drug disorder since 2011. It should be noted that the report does not present data on drug use and psychiatric comorbidity, so it is not possible to determine whether or not these admissions were appropriate.

 

Other notable statistics on admissions for a drug disorder in 2017 include the following: 

  • Less than one-half of cases hospitalised for a drug disorder stayed under one week (46%), while 99% were discharged within three months. It should be noted that admissions and discharges represent episodes or events and not persons.
  • 13% of first-time admissions were involuntary.
  • Similar to previous years, the rate of first-time admissions was higher for men (13.7 per 100,000) than for women (3.8 per 100,000). 

 

 

1. Daly A and Craig S (2018) Activities of Irish psychiatric units and hospitals 2017: main findings. HRB Statistics Series 38. Dublin: Health Research Board. https://www.drugsandalcohol.ie/29345/

Item Type:Article
Issue Title:Issue 69, Spring 2019
Date:June 2019
Page Range:pp. 12-13
Publisher:Health Research Board
Volume:Issue 69, Spring 2019
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Subjects:B Substances > Alcohol
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use > Alcohol dependence
G Health and disease > Substance related disorder > Substance related mental disorder
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Care by type of problem > Mental health care
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Hospital
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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