Booze kills 149 people in East Lancashire

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Booze kills 149 people in East Lancashire Booze kills 149 people in East Lancashire

ALCOHOL cost the lives of 149 people in four East Lancashire boroughs over two years – and left taxpayers with an annual bill of around £122 million.

Those are the findings of health campaigners looking to boost support for a minimum alcohol pricing policy across the county.

And the number of alcoholic liver disease admissions has increased by more than 300 per cent in one area, in just under a decade.

Cumbria and Lancashire Public Health Collaborative and the charity DrinkWise compiled the figures.

County, borough and parish councillors have been presented with the figures as part of the new Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale ‘three-tier forums’. There were 10,130 alcohol-related hospital admissions in 2010-11, over the four boroughs.

Alcoholic liver disease admissions in 2011-12 totalled 480 – in Hyndburn the figure was 113, a 304 per cent rise on the number for 2002-03.

Around 2,250 crimes have been attributed to alcohol, with Burnley topping the East Lancs table at 833 in 2011-12.

The partnership calculated the ‘cost’ locally to the NHS, workplaces through sick days, social services and crime.

The figures were £32.89 million for Hyndburn and £32.64 million each for Burnley and Pendle.

The cost to Rossendale is estimated to be £23.76 million.

Sangita Patel, programme manager, said: “Discussions concluded that further awareness and engagement work was needed to develop a common understanding on the minimum unit pricing policy.”

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1:19pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Alcohol is a killer but putting a minimum price on it IMO is just another hidden tax those that can afford it will still pay it, those that can just about afford it will still buy it and will do without something else, the worst and last is those that can't afford it will steal or kill in some cases to feed there habit.
Alcohol is a drug, a lot of folk under pressure at work start with a glass or two at night and it gets worse (speaking from experience), I don't know the answer to stop people taking this drug but it certainly not a minimum price fix, ideally we should ban Alcohol along with cigarettes but this will never happen.
Alcohol is a killer but putting a minimum price on it IMO is just another hidden tax those that can afford it will still pay it, those that can just about afford it will still buy it and will do without something else, the worst and last is those that can't afford it will steal or kill in some cases to feed there habit. Alcohol is a drug, a lot of folk under pressure at work start with a glass or two at night and it gets worse (speaking from experience), I don't know the answer to stop people taking this drug but it certainly not a minimum price fix, ideally we should ban Alcohol along with cigarettes but this will never happen. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: -5

2:04pm Thu 17 Apr 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

I work hard (45 hours a week minimum now) and pay my taxes. I like a drink at the weekend, if I die I die...it's my choice!
I work hard (45 hours a week minimum now) and pay my taxes. I like a drink at the weekend, if I die I die...it's my choice! HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 18

5:42pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Noiticer says...

Perhaps the person above will be happy to pay for any treatment he needs as a result of his alcohol intake?
Perhaps the person above will be happy to pay for any treatment he needs as a result of his alcohol intake? Noiticer
  • Score: -12

5:59pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

It's much safer and better for your health to smoke cannabis also you won't be a burden on the health service unlike Alcohol. Why is Alcohol legal but Cannabis is Illegal it's a funny old world.
It's much safer and better for your health to smoke cannabis also you won't be a burden on the health service unlike Alcohol. Why is Alcohol legal but Cannabis is Illegal it's a funny old world. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 10

6:23pm Thu 17 Apr 14

happycyclist says...

Slow suicide.
Slow suicide. happycyclist
  • Score: 2

6:31pm Thu 17 Apr 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

Noiticer wrote:
Perhaps the person above will be happy to pay for any treatment he needs as a result of his alcohol intake?
Last time I checked I did contribute towards the NHS.

You can't exactly ban any pursuit of pleasure that comes with a health risk because that includes a lot of things from walking to drinking.
[quote][p][bold]Noiticer[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the person above will be happy to pay for any treatment he needs as a result of his alcohol intake?[/p][/quote]Last time I checked I did contribute towards the NHS. You can't exactly ban any pursuit of pleasure that comes with a health risk because that includes a lot of things from walking to drinking. HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 15

6:32pm Thu 17 Apr 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

Plus you could argue that increased life expectancy is costing the NHS a lot more than someone who lives fast and dies young. If you want to punish me for drinking then punish somebody who lives healthy so their body outlives their mind and they need constant care!
Plus you could argue that increased life expectancy is costing the NHS a lot more than someone who lives fast and dies young. If you want to punish me for drinking then punish somebody who lives healthy so their body outlives their mind and they need constant care! HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 12

8:26pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Openminded? says...

Ban alcohol, simples.....
Ban alcohol, simples..... Openminded?
  • Score: -11

8:56pm Thu 17 Apr 14

liddle 'un says...

Noiticer wrote:
Perhaps the person above will be happy to pay for any treatment he needs as a result of his alcohol intake?
I can understand if your comment was aimed at East Lancashire's many skanks and layabouts but the guy you referred to is paying his dues.
[quote][p][bold]Noiticer[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the person above will be happy to pay for any treatment he needs as a result of his alcohol intake?[/p][/quote]I can understand if your comment was aimed at East Lancashire's many skanks and layabouts but the guy you referred to is paying his dues. liddle 'un
  • Score: 8

9:58am Fri 18 Apr 14

Chris P Bacon says...

If I had the great misfortune to be forced to live in Hyndburn, I'd probably drink to excess to blot out the awfulness of the place. Blackburn, too. We should have sympathy for these poor wretches waking up and having to see that hideous ripped-raw carcass of an eyesore everyday and compensate for their misery by attempting to escape it.
If I had the great misfortune to be forced to live in Hyndburn, I'd probably drink to excess to blot out the awfulness of the place. Blackburn, too. We should have sympathy for these poor wretches waking up and having to see that hideous ripped-raw carcass of an eyesore everyday and compensate for their misery by attempting to escape it. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 6

11:23am Sun 20 Apr 14

woodgreensue says...

With such poverty and unemployment in the area, what gets me is how they can afford to drink (and smoke), surely they have other priorities before drinking, like looking for a job, PATHETIC
With such poverty and unemployment in the area, what gets me is how they can afford to drink (and smoke), surely they have other priorities before drinking, like looking for a job, PATHETIC woodgreensue
  • Score: -1

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