That's just swell! Coleshill in Warwickshire crowned England's Viagra capital

Some 55 of every 1,000 men in the town receive the erectile dysfunction drug on NHS prescription

The town of Coleshill in Warwickshire has been crowned the Viagra capital of England, rising to the top of an NHS list of prescriptions for the anti-impotence drug.

The new figures show that the residents of Coleshill, which has a population of 6,343, are the biggest consumers of the drug with 55 in every 1,000 men being prescribed Viagra by their GP.

Residents have offered different theories as to what might explain the town's appetite for the anti-impotence drug. One local landlord Simon Kennedy, 38,  believes that the number of pubs in the town might have something to do with it.

"It’s a strange one. It is an old coaching town and there are a lot of pubs. I don’t know if that might be a factor," he told the Sunday Times.

"Perhaps they need some assistance after visiting all the pubs? There are only a couple of chemists in the town so they must be well stocked up on Viagra."

One building of note in the town is the Church of St Peter and St Paul, which is prided on its 52-metre steeple dating from the 13th century, said to be one of the finest in Warwickshire.

The NHS stats revealed that the erectile dysfunction medication is more common in rural and coastal areas, while London, Cambridge and Newcastle-upon-Tyne had the lowest rates of use. However, those living in cities may be more likely to acquire the drug through private outlets.

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