HEAVY drinking in the borough is slightly lower than the national average.
That's one of the key findings of the latest annual public health report from Ellesmere Port and Neston Primary Care Trust.
But there is concern about the level of alcohol-related offences and the PCT, with the borough council and police, are to implement an action plan to combat the problem.
The PCT used two surveys - one in Ellesmere Port, the other in Willaston and Neston - to ask people about their drinking habits.
A total of 81% of residents surveyed said they drank alcohol.
There were some differences by gender and age, with men and younger respondents tending to drink more.
In Ellesmere Port 89% of men and 73% of women reported drinking alcohol, compared to 87% of men from all ages in Neston and Willaston.
However, for women in Neston and Willaston the percentage fell from 86% of those aged 25-54 to 67% aged 55-64 and 59% aged 65-74.
In the Ellesmere Port survey 20% of men and 10% of women surveyed reported drinking above safe weekly limits.
This is compared to national figures of men and women reporting drinking above safe limits of 26% and 11% respectively.
Julie Webster, the PCT's director of public health, said: 'Most adults in Ellesmere Port and Neston drink and the majority drink sensibly. For them, drinking is part of a pleasurable social experience.
'But there is another, less pleasant side. Some local people misuse alcohol and this has serious consequences for the drinkers themselves, for their families and friends and for the community as a whole.'
Ms Webster added: 'The PCT will be working with partners such as the borough council and police to develop an action plan in response to the National Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy which will be published this year.
'We will need to take local action such as reducing alcohol-related injuries by introducing plastic glasses on licensed premises and training health professionals to encourage people to think about the amount they drink.'