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Official alcohol reports - treat them seriously?

North West at risk, according to new report

Published on September 1st 2010.

Official alcohol reports - treat them seriously?

Manchester is one of the most at-risk areas for alcohol-related deaths, according to a new report.

"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.”

Data collected by the North West Public Health Observatory for the most recent Local Alcohol Profiles in England put Manchester, Salford, Rochdale and Tameside in the top five for highest levels of harm.

Liverpool had the highest rate of hospital admissions for alcohol-related harm. In Blackpool, researchers claimed that men could live for an extra two years if the town tackled alcohol use. Blackpool also saw the highest UK rate of incapacity benefit due to alcoholism.

Overall, two-thirds of local authorities suffering the highest rates of alcohol-related harm were in the North West and North East, but parts of London registered the highest rate of alcohol-related crime - Newham, Westminster, Slough and Islington.

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.

"We need to see the real cost of alcohol reflected in the price it is sold at, and the warnings about the dangers that alcohol represents not relegated to a tiny corner in alcohol adverts, but written large enough for people to recognise the seriousness of the risks."

At Confidential we get this sort of stuff all the time. Endless press releases saying ‘woe is us and we all need to change our ways’ from faceless professors, boffins and others who clearly live a blameless life.

Do these releases even register anymore?

Here’s the thing, do you ever change your personal behaviour over an official report?

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

ReportblindnessSeptember 1st 2010.

I read these reports and walk the other way. They're ridiculous. Meaningless. Good for government departments but pointless for the rest of us.

D KesslerSeptember 1st 2010.

love that picture of Gordo you've added to give the article more substance

John HarrisSeptember 1st 2010.

Who pays for this Observatory outfit? If it's public money will someone please tell Eric Pickles?

durrutiSeptember 2nd 2010.

Alcohol is toxic if you overdo it. In the UK, there is too much of a "drink until your slaughtered" culture, to prove how manly you are, rather than just drink to enjoy yourself. Maybe if people spent time in hospitals on Friday and Saturday nights and saw the mess alcoholic excess causes, they would have a different opinion.

GrizzlersSeptember 3rd 2010.

Oh, please , do us a favour. Pricing by unit is just yet another way of taxing us. They are peoples own bodies, if they want to drink 2 pints or 8 pints, let them. And if you must target something , high alcoholic content wines and spirits must be surely far more of a concern than the average man in ther street drinking 8 pints of 4% beer over 5 hours, but of course, thats not what the average man in teh street drinks, and therefore not an easy target

AnonymousOctober 1st 2010.

Dear grizzlers I don't mind what what you with your body (but I prefer not to see you at it sometimes,)so long as you have a completely private health insurance, and don't vomit on my doorstep or smash me over the head with your bottle of voddie or expect me to pick you up from the gutter.

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