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Study shows England alcohol divide

1st September 2010

Information gathered by the North West Public Health Observatory has revealed more than 16,000 alcohol-related deaths in England in 2009.

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The figures also showed that the number of male premature deaths due to alcohol were higher in the north west of the country.

The Local Alcohol Profiles report showed an 8% rise in people admitted to hospital with alcohol-related conditions - there were 606,709 looking for medical help in 2009.

The report extrapolated the figure by taking into account 40 different conditions. These ranged from illnesses directly caused by drinking too much, such as liver cirrhosis, and others where alcohol may have played a part, such as high blood pressure or assaults.

Liverpool was found to be top of the list for hospital admissions for alcohol-related injuries.

The local authorities with the highest levels of alcohol-related conditions included Salford, Manchester, Liverpool, Rochdale and Tameside.

The report found that two-thirds of the local authorities with the highest levels were in the north west and north east.

Professor Mark Bellis, director of the observatory said: "The price we pay for turning a blind eye to the real extent of alcohol abuse across England is reflected in the new Local Alcohol Profiles for England and it is a price that is paid especially by the poorest communities."

"It is time to recognise that we are not a population of responsible drinkers with just a hand full of irresponsible individuals ruining it for others."

 

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