Drinking themselves to death: ‘Harm map’ shows 38 killed by booze in Hartlepool

Dozens have died due to alcohol in Hartlepool
Dozens have died due to alcohol in Hartlepool

THE cost of alcohol misuse is not just financial as figures reveal 38 people died in Hartlepool in just one year as a result of booze.

The data was compiled by charity Alcohol Concern for the 2012/13 year was released as part of its ‘alcohol harm map’.

And while the figure may look small when compared to the North-East average of 100, Hartlepool has a significantly smaller population.

Nineteen per cent of people drank at a level which increases the risk of damaging their health and there were 18,121 alcohol-related hospital admissions and attendances.

Inpatient treatment cost the town’s tax payers £1,490,000.

Colin Shevills, director of North East alcohol office Balance said: “Our partners and frontline services work extremely hard to reduce the impact that alcohol has on the health and wellbeing of the North-East.

“Despite this alcohol-related hospital admissions remain a huge concern, and more needs to be done to reduce these figures.

“This isn’t something that can be tackled at just a regional level and we need evidence-based measures such as a minimum unit price to help us to reduce this problem.”