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Bromley alcohol issues revealed in new report

PUBLISHED: 17:33 26 November 2014

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The report was released by the director of public health

Almost a quarter of adult drinkers in Bromley are drinking at levels which could be harmful to their health according to a report from the Director of Public Health.

The annual report aims to raise awareness on a particular issue - this year, it has focused on alcohol, and more specifically, why drinking over the limit is bad for people in terms of health and social harm.

Bromley health professionals, healthcare providers, voluntary groups, councillors and senior staff heard the Bromley Director of Public Health talk about the subject at the report’s launch on November 19.

The report estimates the levels of drinking in Bromley and summarises the scientific literature on the health harms of alcohol. It mentions the huge costs of drinking to the UK economy with alcohol named as the most dangerous drug in the UK in 2009.

National estimates suggest that 26.4 per cent of adults in Bromley who drink alcohol, may be doing so at increasing risk or high risk levels. As a result of alcohol consumption, Bromley has seen increasing rates of alcohol-related hospital admissions since 2011. The rate of alcohol related hospital admissions in young people is also higher in Bromley than the regional average.

Dr Nada Lemic, director of public health in Bromley said: “This is about raising awareness of the health risks associated with even moderate levels of drinking. In raising awareness, we also want to look at how we give residents the tools to understand when they are drinking too much and what they can do to cut down. This is about creating a culture that prevents problem drinking from starting and provides help for people should they be struggling.”

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