Booze deaths highest in capital

[from Tottenham, Wood Green & Edmonton]

Booze deaths highest in capital
06 November 2008

MEN in Haringey are more likely to die from alcohol-related illnesses than in any other area of London, a report has revealed.

The Dying for a Drink? report also shows more than 10,000 adults – or six per cent of the borough’s population – are drinking at “harmful” levels of more than 50 units a week for men and 35 for women.

Councillor Pat Egan (Labour), of Woodside ward asked if easy access to alcohol had aggravated abuse at a Haringey Council overview and scrutiny committee meeting to review the report.

He said: “I live in Wood Green. Everywhere I walk around – the newsagent that’s just been done up has now got an off-licence. Is alcohol too accessible and is that part of the problem?”

Councillor Nilgun Canver, cabinet member for safer communities and enforcement, said: “The accessibility is one of the reasons and the price is another, it is a well known fact.”

The figures for alcohol-related deaths in 2005 are from the North West Public Health Observatory.

They also reveal Haringey has a “significantly worse” death rate from chronic liver disease than the English average. Alcohol-linked hospital admissions have doubled over five years from 2002 to 2007 following national trends the report says.

Seven hotspots for alcohol-related crime are identified – Muswell Hill Broadway, Crouch End Broadway, Hollywood Green, Turnpike Lane, Green Lanes, White Hart Lane and Bruce Grove. The council plans a three-year drive to combat drink-related deaths, crime and anti-social behaviour.


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