Northerners are the heaviest drinkers

first_img 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.” 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.last_img read more