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England’s alcohol problems mapped

16th October 2007

People living in Manchester and Liverpool are the most likely to drink alcohol at levels that significantly damage their health, profiles of every area in England have revealed.

Researchers found that over eight per cent of adults in the northern cities drink alcohol at harmful levels, while Salford, Knowsley and Rochdale have seven per cent of people aged over 16 drinking dangerous amounts.

The profiles are based on 22 different indicators and include for the first time the number of people in every local authority drinking at harmful or hazardous levels.

Both hazardous and harmful drinking are linked to ill-health and increasing pressure on the NHS.

Across England as a whole, local authorities range from 14.1 per cent of adults drinking at hazardous levels to 26.4 per cent.

For harmful drinking local authority estimates range from 3.2 per cent to 8.8 per cent of adults.

The figures were compiled by the North West Public Health Observatory at Liverpool John Moores University’s Centre for Public Health.

Professor Mark Bellis, director of the centre, said: “While much attention has been paid to binge drinking less discussion has focused on the damages associated with routinely consuming too much alcohol.

“Across England around one in five adults are drinking enough to put their health at significant risk and one in 20 enough to make disease related to alcohol consumption practically inevitable.”

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