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DEATH BY ALCOHOL: Booze is killing more people in the North East than anywhere else in England

 

Alcohol deaths in the North East have reached shocking levels as calls are being made for the government to take serious, effective action. 

Many people hit the bottle during lockdown as we found ourselves with a lot of time on our hands and not a lot to do. Going through stressful and unpredictable events can also lead to higher alcohol consumption.

Sadly, the pandemic has seen the number of deaths related to alcohol hit an all time high, with the North East being the worst affected area in England. Balance is the North East of England's alcohol office, and they've said the latest figures around alcohol deaths should be a stark warning to the government.

In the North East death rates from alcohol rose from 16.6 per 100,000 people in 2019 to 20.0 per 100,000 in 2020 – a rise of around 20.5%. The issue appears to impact men more, with men living in deprived areas being four times more likely to die from alcohol than men living in more affluent areas.
One of the key issues that Sue believes needs to be addressed to try and undo some of the damage is the amount of input alcohol companies themselves get to have when it comes to alcohol policy.
So, what exactly needs to happen to help people reduce their alcohol intake? There's no easy, quick fix solution to the problem, but Sue believes that increasing alcohol prices and making it less accessible to so many people might be a good place to start.


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