ALMOST 11,000 people were admitted to hospital in Oxfordshire with an alcohol-related condition last year, new figures reveal.

Data from Public Health England revealed a total of 10,832 needed hospital treatment during 2017/18, an increase from 10,744 the year before.

The number of hospital admissions has risen by 14 per cent across the county compared to 10 years ago.

Alcohol misuse is estimated to cost the NHS about £3.5 billion per year and society as a whole £21 billion annually.

The figures include any admissions to local hospital where the primary diagnosis or the secondary diagnoses is attributed to alcohol.

Of the individual districts, only Oxford city (2,487) recorded a drop in alcohol-related admissions year on year, with slight increases seen in Cherwell (2,537), West Oxfordshire (1,798), South Oxfordshire (2,072) and Vale of White Horse (1,937).

Fifteen per cent higher than a decade ago.

The figures released this week, also show an increase in the number of alcohol-related deaths in Oxfordshire.

In 2017/18 there were 253 deaths, compared to 224 the year before.

The number of deaths in the county which were directly caused by alcohol was 106, according to the figures.

Nationally there were 338,000 admissions to hospital in 2017/18 where the main cause was due to drinking alcohol.

Alcohol related admissions still account for a similar percentage of overall hospital admissions