Alcohol is terribly affecting lives around the world. The latest report is confirming that Scotland has also been severely hit by this addiction with researchers claiming quarter of ICU beds being taken up by drinkers only.
Researchers recently ran a study over 771 patients admitted in 24 different intensive care wards across the country. They were really shocked to know that quarter of the admissions suffered problems from alcohol. The figures were almost one in every four people.
If this trend continues, day is not far off when intensive care units in Scotland will have only alcohol problem related admissions. The most common drink problem found in the patients was chronic alcohol disease.
According to the researchers, the medical facilities are spending almost £9 million annually as the cost of alcohol-related admissions to Scotland's intensive care units.
Regarding the situation, Co-author Dr. Timothy Geary, Anaesthetic Registrar at the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow, said that "Alcohol disease adversely affects the outcome of critically ill patients and the burden of this in Scotland is higher than elsewhere in the UK.”
She said that younger generation and population from deprived areas has been found to be under the major effect of alcohol and suffering from alcohol related problems.
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