Young in North most likely to have alcohol problems
Monday 07 May 2012
A north-south divide in the prevalence of alcohol-related problems has been revealed by a new study.
Twice as many young people living in the North-east of England receive treatment for alcohol problems than in the rest of the country, according to figures from health campaign group Balance.
They show that 118 of every 100,000 under-18s in the North-east were treated for drink problems, which amounts to double the national average.
More than 600 of the 9,450 people receiving specialist alcohol treatment in the region in 2010-11 were under the age of 18, Balance said. The North-west has the second-highest rate with 99 under-18s out of 100,000 in treatment, followed by the East Midlands with 62 per 100,000.
Balance director Colin Shevills said: "Our region is drinking too much from an early age driven by alcohol which is too affordable, too available and too heavily promoted. Although the Government's alcohol strategy aims to turn the tide against binge drinking, it is weak on a clear strategy around the marketing and promotion of alcohol."
Nationally, an average of 59 young people out of every 100,000 have received treatment for alcohol problems.
Life & Style blogs
Max power: Nine ways to make your everyday meals more flavourful
Amputee drummer gains 'superhuman' skills with robotic arm
Fenwicks department store withdraws Boy London clothing over 'Nazi' eagle logo complaints
Stevia wonder: The plant that's a super sugar alternative – and free from calories and carbs
International Women's Day 2014: Google makes 80 second video of inspirational women from across the world for animated Doodle
- 1 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 2 Orgasm machine to deliver climax at the push of a button
- 3 Singapore sting: Sky-high prices are pushing locals to the edge of affordability
- 4 Liam Neeson turned down James Bond role because late wife Natasha Richardson said she wouldn't marry him if he took it
- 5 Dead woman's body found sitting in a car after six years after direct debits ran $54,000 bank account dry
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: A small but growing chain of boutique hot...
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: The company works with Tier 1 FTSE 100 Ba...
£45 - 60k Per Annum: Charter Selection: Highly profitable leisure brand, marke...
£30000 - £50000 per annum + Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: Residenti...