More than 1,372 in Hartlepool are dependent on alcohol, new figures show

More people in Hartlepool have become dependent on alcohol, according to new figures.

Wednesday, 13th November 2019, 4:48 pm
Updated Thursday, 14th November 2019, 2:44 pm
The number of alcohol dependent people in the North East is rising
The number of alcohol dependent people in the North East is rising

Figures from Public Health England show that the number of adults in the North East who are dependent on alcohol is 36,711 in 2017/18 – a rise of 1,741 from the figure of 34,970 in 2010.

That means one in 17 people in the region have a major drink problem.

In Hartlepool there were 1,187 people dependent on alcohol in 2010 and the figure now stands at 1,372 – a rate of 18 people per 1,000.

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Addiction treatment experts, UK Addiction Treatment (UKAT), say the closure of five rehabilitation facilities since 2013 has left the region with only one residential unit.

Other areas in the North East have seen figures reach a similar level.

In South Tyneside there were 1,929 people dependent on alcohol in 2010 and the figure now stands at 2,399 – a rate of 19 people per 1,000.

In Sunderland there were 4,538 people dependent on alcohol in 2010 and the figure now stands at 4,986 – a rate of 21 people per 1,000.

In County Durham there were 6,984 people dependent on alcohol in 2010 and the figure now stands at 6,885 – a rate of 15 people per 1,000.

UKAT’s treatment lead, Nuno Albuquerque, said: “Councils assumed lead responsibility for alcohol service provision in 2013, yet the numbers of people needing treatment is rising.”

Mr Albuquerque added: “Quite simply, greater investment in effective treatment facilities, accessibility and awareness will help lower the number of people in this community suffering with alcohol dependence.”