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York Has Sixth Highest Rate of Binge Drinking in England


12:48pm 7th May 2014

York has the sixth highest rate of binge drinking in the country, with most of North Yorkshire not faring much better.

The city is the worst place for binge drinking outside the North East.

But Selby was 15th worst for binge drinking out of 326 areas in England, Ryedale was 18th and Hambleton district 23rd.

People in Pocklington and Market Weighton were included in figures for the East Riding of Yorkshire, which was 74th worst for binge drinking.

But the number of people being admitted to hospital because of drink has continued to fall. York is also rated as not significantly different to the national average for alcohol specific and alcohol related mortality, mortality from chronic liver disease and the estimated number of abstainers.

York Council’s Director of Health and Wellbeing Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones said: “We welcome the continuing decline in alcohol-specific hospital admissions but the current levels of binge drinkers in York identified in these figures remain unacceptably high.  Receiving the Local Alcohol Profiles for England is an opportunity for the council's Public Health team to assess alcohol-related harm in the city and monitor the progress of efforts to reduce this."   

York Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Community Engagement Councillor Linsay Cunningham-Cross said: "The level of details presented in the data published by Public Health England is an excellent opportunity for City of York Council to understand more about what needs to be done in which specific areas of alcohol awareness.  The level of binge drinking in York needs to be addressed.  City of York Council will continue to work to help reduce the devastating harm that alcohol can cause to individuals, families and communities." 

Tracey Simpson-Laing, Cabinet Member for Homes and Safer Communities said: “We welcome all who want to enjoy the best of York and especially those who respect our residents, businesses and others who are out and about in the city. We are working with partners to build a broader base of city centre activities between 5-8pm that are family friendly and not centred on alcohol consumption. In addition, we are continuing our work with the two Universities and student unions to promote better awareness of excessive alcohol consumption, which builds on work with partners to address issues surrounding behaviour, alcohol misuse and also river safety. Ahead of the summer season and racing calendar, we’ve launched our new Alcohol Restriction Zone (ARZ) where alcohol can be confiscated if drinkers are behaving anti-socially.  The ARZ now encompasses York Railway Station and so involves East Coast as well as British Transport Police."

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