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Which day in 2018 had record number of alcohol poisonings?



England’s good run in this summer’s World Cup sparked wild celebrations with hundreds of drunk fans apparently setting a new record – but not one to shout about.

Following the team’s 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden, an unprecedented number of people with alcohol poisoning went to NHS hospitals.

A total of 711 showed up to be treated by doctors on Saturday 7 July – the day of England’s victory where Gareth Southgate’s men reached the semis for the first time since Italia 90.

And it would appear the sharp rise in alcohol-related hospital attendances may be linked to the Three Lions’ win, said an NHS England spokesman.

Just over 2m patients attended A&E during the month
There are on average 386 alcohol poisoning cases on a normal Saturday

The 711 figure compared to an average of 386 alcohol poisoning cases on a normal Saturday.

Patients admitted to hospital for excess drinking are monitored until the alcohol has left the system, taking up medics’ time and energy.

NHS England said the cost of helping people with avoidable alcohol-related illness to the NHS is £2.7bn each year.

Fridays and Sundays are also among the worst days for alcohol poisoning cases, with hospitals dealing with an average of 302 and 388 cases respectively.

The figures come as the health service gears up for what is usually one of the busiest times of the year for alcohol-related incidents as revellers prepare to see in the new year.

The festive period often sees a jump in the number of people needing emergency treatment after excessive drinking.

More than 10% of all cases at emergency departments are related to drunkenness, with Friday and Saturday nights sometimes having seven in 10 patients going to A&E because of drink.

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