According to official figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the North is not only the binge drinking capital of the UK, it also has the second lowest proportion of people in the country who are tee-total.
Coming in at 36%, the numbers reveal that this area has the highest proportion of serial boozers in the UK. This is classified as men who drink more than eight units and women who drink more than six units of alcohol per day. In comparison, less than a quarter of those living in the south of England, the Midlands and Wales say they are serial boozers and binge drinking actually seems to be going down in these areas.
Furthermore, just 17% of residents living in this area said that they do not drink at all whereas almost a third of adults in London (32%) said that they are tee-total.
Colin Shevills, the Director of Balance has called on the Government to take action in a bid to address this issue once and for all:
“Drinking too much isn’t just a North East trait, it’s a national problem. Alcohol is too affordable, too available and too widely promoted which encourages and enables people to drink too much and this needs to be addressed by the Government.”
In order to tackle these problems, experts are calling for a number of new measures to be introduced including a minimum unit price and mandatory health information on all alcohol products. Health professionals would also like to see more restrictions being placed on alcohol advertising because too often drinking is positioned as an essential part of having fun.
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