Nearly 6,500 people across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire were admitted to hospital for alcohol-related illnesses in just one year according to public health figures.
The latest figures reflect the most serious alcohol-related incidents where people needed to stay in hospital for treatment.
This week - Alcohol Awareness Week - healthcare professionals at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG), are urging people to drink sensibly and to seek help for alcohol related illnesses before they get worse.
Dr Lesley Ward, local GP and BNSSG CCG Clinical Lead for Unplanned Care said: “Drinking alcohol to excess can have serious consequences for your health as well as making you vulnerable to accidents and injury.
"By following the national guidelines on alcohol unit intake and stopping when you have reached your limit you are more likely to avoid illness and injury and long-term damage from drinking. Alcohol-related hospital admissions also put a strain on our A&E departments so drinking less is beneficial for everyone.”
Hospital admissions data shows that there were 3,156 admissions for alcohol-specific conditions in Bristol in 2017/18 which is 25% higher than the national average. In South Gloucestershire admissions were also higher than average with 1,812 people admitted to hospital per 100,000. In North Somerset 1,454 people were admitted per 100,000.
Drinking alcohol has been linked to some types of cancers as well impacting fitness and can lead to weight gain. It can also impact mental health and relationships with family and friends.
If you are concerned about the amount of alcohol you, or someone you know drinks, speak to your GP.
Find out more about Alcohol Awareness Week and at https://alcoholchange.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/alcohol-awareness-week