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

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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.”