Resort’s deadly drink toll

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MORE people in Blackpool are dying early due to booze than anywhere else in the country, according to new figures.

Data published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre shows the resort has the highest mortality rate from alcohol-related liver disease in under 75s in England.

Blackpool has a morality rate of 35 per 100,000 of the population due to liver disease – compared to just 16.43 in neighbouring Fylde and Wyre.

The resort also had a rate of 56 emergency hospital admissions due to liver disease for every 100,000 – double that of Fylde and Wyre, which was 27.26.

Lynn Donkin, public health specialist for Blackpool, said: “High rates of poor health in Blackpool are certainly of concern.

“High levels of alcohol consumption have consequences not only for high levels of hospital admissions, but also make a large contribution to violence, self-harm and circulatory disease.

“Work is already underway in the town to address these and other risks related to the key causes of poor health.”

The 2011 figures have been published in a new report, which draws together vital statistics for the first time by the 211 new commissioning group areas.

Previously such data was listed by primary care trusts.

But primary care trusts are being scrapped from Monday, and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) taking over.

The report shows the potential years of life lost.

In Blackpool, there were 2,921 years lost per 100,000 of the population in women, in 2011 – compared to 2,339 in 2009.

And in men, 3,736 years were lost, compared to 3,752 in 2009.

The report also shows Blackpool has the highest death rate in the country for respiratory disease and high mortality rates for cardiovascular disease.

Ms Donkin added: “The higher than average death rates seen locally for respiratory disease and circulatory disease, and hospital admissions related to lifestyle risk factors.

“For example smoking is a key risk factor for both respiratory disease – where the majority of early deaths are from lung cancer, and circulatory disease.

“Blackpool has an active Stop Smoking Service supporting people to quit smoking, and the clinical commissioning group has funded a current project to identify and treat people with undiagnosed hypertension.

“Blackpool’s Health and Wellbeing Board, which includes public health, local GPs, hospital, police and HealthWatch, has already started work on priority areas – for example reviewing the local alcohol strategy.”

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