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.”