Daily Archives: 06/01/2016

England’s 50 most dangerous drinking spots – is your hometown one of them?

So this appeared in The Telegraph in November looking at drinking spots and hospital admissions.

uk-map-3Blackpool tops a list of Britain’s 50 most dangerous drinking spots, according to new figures.

The stag party resort had 1,230.5 per 100,000 people needing to go to hospital last year after a night out.

This equates to just under five drinkers going to hospital every day.

Second on the list of shame (eds: this kind of language really doesn’t help)  was Stoke-on-Trent, which had a rate of 982.5 per 100,000 people going to hospital for alcohol-related conditons and third was Sunderland.

Although the city had more drink-related hospital admissions than Blackpool, just over six every day, it’s larger population meant it was shoved into second place by the northern party town.

Just one area in London, Islington, featured in the top 50 – at 31st place with 800.8 per 100,000 people being admitted to hospital with alcohol-related conditions.

The figures were uncovered by Labour MP Liam Byrne.

He said: “Booze abuse costs Britain a staggering £21 billion a year.  These shocking figures expose just where our problem’s biggest.  We’ve got to now make sure councils and health chiefs have proper plans in place to put treatment in reach of drinkers needing help.  No one should suffer with alcohol addiction alone – especially when it’s parents with a problem.”

Britain’s 50 most dangerous drinking spots

  1. Blackpool
  2. Stoke-on-Trent
  3. Sunderland
  4. Norwich
  5. Middlesbrough
  6. Gateshead
  7. Salford
  8. Nottingham
  9. Barrow-in-Furness
  10. South Tyneside
  11. Burnley
  12. Newcastle-under-Lyme
  13. North Tyneside
  14. Chesterfield
  15. Wakefield
  16. Kingston upon Hull
  17. Wigan
  18. Manchester
  19. Torbay
  20. Wirral
  21. Wolverhampton
  22. Newcastle upon Tyne
  23. Tameside
  24. Hartlepool
  25. St Helens
  26. Halton
  27. Coventry
  28. Liverpool
  29. Gloucester
  30. Derby
  31. Islington
  32. Redcar and Cleveland
  33. Knowsley
  34. Blackburn and Darwen
  35. County Durham
  36. Bradford
  37. Stockton-on-Tees
  38. Dudley
  39. Doncaster
  40. Bristol
  41. Lancaster
  42. Oldham
  43. Darlington
  44. Ashfield
  45. Corby
  46. Rochdale
  47. Hyndburn
  48. Sandwell
  49. Carlisle
  50. Amber Valley

And on the very same day these stories appeared in local newspapers which supported this worrying list:

North East alcohol awareness groups pledge to tackle a growing problem

In a recent survey by Newcastle City Council, nearly half of people in the city admitted to having a problem with alcohol | Chronicle Live, UK

Merseyside’s alcohol-related liver disease admissions up to three times higher than national average

South Sefton had the highest rate of emergency admissions in Merseyside – 2.9 times higher than the England rate | Liverpool Echo, UK

As did this news story:

Burger King launches bid to become first fast food chain to sell alcohol in the UK

And where have they opened 2 of these branches?  It has applied for drinks licences at just four branches so far including, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Blackpool! <slaps forehead> (oh and in my local town of Bury St Edmunds too, though god knows why) …..

So Mr Byrne rather than “we’ve got to now make sure councils and health chiefs have proper plans in place to put treatment in reach of drinkers needing help” why not stop councils issuing licenses to even more businesses selling alcohol in these locations thereby fuelling the problem further?   The popular eatery plans to sell American beers in plastic bottles.  Burger King will be able to sell alcohol from 10am to 11pm seven days a week, and could apply for licences nationwide. There are more than 654 Burger King restaurants in the UK.

Do you want a beer with that? Burger King becomes first fast food chain to sell alcohol in the UK

Burger King has become the first fast-food chain to be allowed to sell alcohol in the UK. The company has won a drinks licence for its branch in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, despite strong police opposition | Mail Online, UK

<FFS> 🙁

Edited to add: 21st March 2016

Burger King granted permission to sell alcohol at London’s busiest station

A Burger King outlet in London’s busiest railway station has been granted permission to start selling alcohol | Evening Standard, UK