The number of women in England admitted to hospital with injuries or illnesses related to alcohol rose steadily between 2003 and 2008, newly released figures show.

The number of women aged over 26 and admitted to hospital with alcohol-related injuries or illness rose from 196,625 in 2003-04 to more than 295,000 in 2007-08, according to the latest National Health Service figures.

The stats, which also show a rise in alcohol-related admissions for girls aged between 10 and 16, as well as 17 to 21 and 22 to 26, were released this week following a request by Labour MP Sally Keeble.

The news comes as the Government prepares to implement a mandatory code of practice for retailers and bars marketing and selling alcohol in England.