Previous Article Next Article Northerners are the heaviest drinkersOn 2 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Northerners are the country’s heaviest drinkers, with about half the men anda quarter of the women drinking above medically recommended safe levels, andyoung people are following in their parents’ footsteps. The State of the Nation report by Alcohol Concern reports that 60 per centof employers said they have experienced problems with employees drinking. One person in 13 is dependent on alcohol, while twice as many are hooked onother substances, including prescription drugs. Death rates from chronic liver disease have soared since the 1970s, with aneight-fold increase among men and a seven-fold rise among women aged 35 to 44. Yet despite the regional difference, a disproportionate number of thecountry’s 507 alcohol counselling and treatment services – 28.5 per cent – werein London and the South-East. Alcohol Concern’s chief executive Eric Appleby said: “We have a historyin this country of dealing with the symptoms of alcohol misuse rather than theroot causes – and this means we have generally been on the back foot, trying torespond to problems as best we can.” www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/publications/stateofnation2002.pdfDrinking above recommended safe levels (%)Region Men WomenMerseyside 46 28North West 45 27North East 44 26Yorkshire and Humberside 42 23East Midlands 43 23South East 39 23South West 35 21East 31 20West Midlands 35 19London 31 19 Related posts:No related photos.