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Hyndburns High Drinking Deaths

The average man in Hyndburn loses more than a year of his life as a result of drinking, new figures have shown.

A new report has ranked Hyndburn as one of the worst boroughs in the North West with men dying, on average, 13 months earlier than they should.

Health experts said levels of ill health, anti-social behaviour and premature deaths are ‘substan­ti­ally higher’ in poorer communities. Andrea Stead, of the Inspire project in Accrington, which helps with alcohol misuse, said 400 people have accessed their structured treatment for alcohol in the past 12 months.

Hyndburn is the fourth worst borough in the region for alcohol-related transport deaths with 2.3 per 100,000 – more than double the regional average.

The area has a higher than average number of alcohol-specific hospital admissions for under 18s, men and women.

It is also the ninth worst in the region for women who die from chronic liver disease with 12.7 per 100,000 compared to the regional average of 11.1.

Mrs Stead said the number of alcohol-related hospital admissions has increased year-on-year since 2006 but alcohol-related death rates had fallen between 2007 and 2010.

Coun Pam Barton, who is portfolio holder for health and communities and is part of the Community Alcohol Network (CAN), said not enough people know about the health problems caused by alcohol.

She said: "Alcohol causes so many hospital admissions and a lot of anti-social behaviour and more needs to be done to educate people about the safe limits of drinking.

"Most people enjoy a drink but it’s about doing it in moderation. It’s when it goes too far that we get these kinds of figures. If you ask a lot of people what a unit of alcohol is they won’t know.

Joyce Plummer, chairwoman of the Community Alcohol Network, said people drinking underage is a ‘big concern’ which can lead to health problems in later life.

She said: "I don’t think they realise what could happen to them. A lot aren’t drinking the mild stuff.

"People in their 20s are now being treated for serious liver problems through drinking and if you carry on drinking from a young age it can take a serious toll on your body."

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