Blackburn with Darwen one of worst areas for alcohol-related disease

Borough has highest proportion of non-drinkers in North West, but hospital admissions due to alcohol abuse soaring

Borough has highest proportion of non-drinkers in North West, but hospital admissions due to alcohol abuse soaring

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DESPITE having the highest proportion of non-drinkers in the North West, Blackburn with Darwen has one of the worst records for alcohol-related disease.

The stark facts were presented to the borough’s executive board as it toughened its strategy to combat the booze menace.

Public health director Dominic Harrison told senior councillors: “Alcohol-related harm is a major issue. Misuse of alcohol affects us all – individuals, families and community – impacting upon those in the disadvantaged areas the most.

“Public Health England identifies Blackburn with Darwen as having the highest proportion of non- drinkers in the North West at 22per cent, comp-ared with a regional average of 15per cent.

“Of particular concern is, despite the highest percentage of non-drinkers in the North West, and below national average consumption rates, the harm caused by alcohol is significantly high.

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“Blackburn with Darwen is ranked 30th worst out of 211 Clinical Comm-issioning Groups for all liver disease mortality in under-75s.

“Hospital admissions due to alcohol-related disease have risen over a 10-year period by 200per cent, over twice the rate of increase in the North West.”

New measures addressing growing alcohol consumption by ethnic min- ority young people; drinking among offenders, the homeless and carers; and encouraging abstention and helping moderate drinkers to avoid increas-ing consumption to danger levels were added to the existing strategy.

It includes promoting responsible retailing; better information; improved recovery and rehabilit-ation services; and lobbying for a Minimum Unit Price of 50p Council health spokesman Brian Taylor said: “We are taking a firm lead on tackling this. Measures include a hospital service that identifies people with alcohol dependence at risk of liver, or other alcohol-related disease and works to get them the help they need. We are doing more interventions with people who consume high levels, and whose alcohol intake may be increasing.”

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11:14am Tue 15 Apr 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

Would you not drink if you lived in Blackburn?
Would you not drink if you lived in Blackburn? Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 14

11:32am Tue 15 Apr 14

Jarisleif5 says...

It's obviously the overabundance in pubs that does it.
It's obviously the overabundance in pubs that does it. Jarisleif5
  • Score: -6

5:28pm Tue 15 Apr 14

denidenideni says...

Go to the hospital and look at the drunks, scumbags, and druggies at the main entrance smoking on the non smoking site.
There you will see the result of Jack Straw's drive to get money into areas of Blackburn, open a half way house and you get money.
The result is a high amount of the afore mentioned citizens.
Go to the hospital and look at the drunks, scumbags, and druggies at the main entrance smoking on the non smoking site. There you will see the result of Jack Straw's drive to get money into areas of Blackburn, open a half way house and you get money. The result is a high amount of the afore mentioned citizens. denidenideni
  • Score: -7

6:49pm Tue 15 Apr 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

Things would be a lot better if they stopped fiddling the admissions figures.

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Things would be a lot better if they stopped fiddling the admissions figures. straightstatistics.o rg/article/drink-and -disease-how-figures -can-confuse?utm_sou rce=twitterfeed&utm_ medium=twitter BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 7

7:36pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Stone Island: says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
Would you not drink if you lived in Blackburn?
You been on the crack again today?
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: Would you not drink if you lived in Blackburn?[/p][/quote]You been on the crack again today? Stone Island:
  • Score: 6

8:09pm Tue 15 Apr 14

happycyclist says...

denidenideni wrote:
Go to the hospital and look at the drunks, scumbags, and druggies at the main entrance smoking on the non smoking site.
There you will see the result of Jack Straw's drive to get money into areas of Blackburn, open a half way house and you get money.
The result is a high amount of the afore mentioned citizens.
Not everyone who smokes is a drunk, scumbag or druggie.
[quote][p][bold]denidenideni[/bold] wrote: Go to the hospital and look at the drunks, scumbags, and druggies at the main entrance smoking on the non smoking site. There you will see the result of Jack Straw's drive to get money into areas of Blackburn, open a half way house and you get money. The result is a high amount of the afore mentioned citizens.[/p][/quote]Not everyone who smokes is a drunk, scumbag or druggie. happycyclist
  • Score: 15

10:50am Wed 16 Apr 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

No wonder, we have mugs in Blackburn who donate food and money to these people in the form of food banks.
That gives them more money to spend on booze
No wonder, we have mugs in Blackburn who donate food and money to these people in the form of food banks. That gives them more money to spend on booze 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: 8

1:03pm Wed 16 Apr 14

:-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-) says...

YEAH, I must admit.... my liver is on its way out as well,
I think I might be due a food parcel
YEAH, I must admit.... my liver is on its way out as well, I think I might be due a food parcel :-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-)
  • Score: 4

11:20am Thu 17 Apr 14

We'll win the next one says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
Would you not drink if you lived in Blackburn?
I'd drink and take drugs if I lived in t'Burnley, oh you do ..... I get the name now!
More like Frosty Jack and bubble tho !
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: Would you not drink if you lived in Blackburn?[/p][/quote]I'd drink and take drugs if I lived in t'Burnley, oh you do ..... I get the name now! More like Frosty Jack and bubble tho ! We'll win the next one
  • Score: 5

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