325 people in Warrington have died from drinking in past nine years

Warrington Guardian: 325 people in Warrington have died from drinking in past nine years 325 people in Warrington have died from drinking in past nine years

HEALTH chiefs have called for a minimum price per alcohol unit after figures have revealed 325 people in Warrington have died from booze-related causes in the past nine years.

Statistics also found 40 per cent of those deaths were during the last three years alone.

Warrington’s director of public health Dr Rita Robertson has said it is ‘extremely important’ people are aware of how much they are drinking and believes a minimum price would ‘target the heavy drinking problem which is responsible for most of the deaths’.

She added: “You don’t have to be an alcoholic to drink yourself to death.

“Many people simply do not realise the risk of drinking too much alcohol.

“The majority of people who die from alcohol are not alcoholics but they have drunk too much alcohol over a long period of time.”

Dr Robertson said that experts are concerned about the connection between alcohol becoming cheaper and more easily available and people drinking more.

She added: "The recommended limits are lower than many people think - two to three units for a woman and three to four units a day for men.

“It’s easy to forget that a pint of premium lager can easily be three units and a large glass of wine can be more than three units so it is all too easy to put your health at serious risk.”

Clr Pat Wright, the council’s executive board member for health and wellbeing, added alcohol is now sold at ‘pocket money prices’ and research has proved ‘the cheaper alcohol is, the more people drink’.

She added: “We are calling on the government to help save lives by introducing a minimum unit price of 50p per unit.

“This would put up the price of very strong cheap alcohol, which is mostly consumed by heavy problem drinkers, without penalising moderate drinkers who would only pay about 5p more per week.”

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3:59pm Wed 19 Mar 14

PageA says...

Are you going to tell me that the advertisement for Jamesons in the middle of this story is a coincidence?
Are you going to tell me that the advertisement for Jamesons in the middle of this story is a coincidence? PageA
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3:35pm Thu 20 Mar 14

richiepooh says...

NO!
why should I pay more because some people use alcohol to escape their horrible lives.
It's the same old typical idiotic response to an issue, if these people didn't use booze to destroy themselves they would have found something else. Punish the majority to regulate the minority and the government gains every way while normal honest people lose.
What kind of a quack thinks you can cure alcoholism with taxes, these people (and I'm loathed to come to their defense) probably use alcohol BECAUSE they cannot afford a quality of life in "a reality" so they soak themselves in drunken escape and this shortsighted buffoons response is to charge them more.
TAXES DON'T FIX SOCIAL ISSUES IT LINES THE POCKETS OF A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT.
alcoholism isn't cost related you fool! its an addiction, they will simply pay the extra, and not be able to afford food or decent heating, they will then get more miserable and buy more booze to escape.
NO! why should I pay more because some people use alcohol to escape their horrible lives. It's the same old typical idiotic response to an issue, if these people didn't use booze to destroy themselves they would have found something else. Punish the majority to regulate the minority and the government gains every way while normal honest people lose. What kind of a quack thinks you can cure alcoholism with taxes, these people (and I'm loathed to come to their defense) probably use alcohol BECAUSE they cannot afford a quality of life in "a reality" so they soak themselves in drunken escape and this shortsighted buffoons response is to charge them more. TAXES DON'T FIX SOCIAL ISSUES IT LINES THE POCKETS OF A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT. alcoholism isn't cost related you fool! its an addiction, they will simply pay the extra, and not be able to afford food or decent heating, they will then get more miserable and buy more booze to escape. richiepooh
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3:42pm Thu 20 Mar 14

richiepooh says...

and since when is alcohol cheaper?
Lager has had a 336% increase over the past 30 years which makes it the third highest percentage increase compared to all other household purchases behind tobacco and houses
and since when is alcohol cheaper? Lager has had a 336% increase over the past 30 years which makes it the third highest percentage increase compared to all other household purchases behind tobacco and houses richiepooh
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