THE drunken behaviour of others is a concern for 68% of people in Ellesmere Port and Neston, a survey has revealed.
A total of 369 borough residents took part in the Big Drink Debate, which was the biggest ever questionnaire on alcohol in the North West, between May and August last year.
The survey also found that 72.4% of people either don’t drink or drink at a sensible level, but 27.2% indicate that they consume at either a hazardous or harmful level.
Just under half of those who took part believe action is needed to tackle alcohol-related behaviour, 53.6% see booze-fuelled crime as a concern locally, and 77.9% think low prices and discounts increase people’s alcohol consumption.
Wendy Meredith, director of public health at West Cheshire PCT, said: “We have a challenge ahead of us to convey the very serious health risks of people regularly drinking more than the recommended level of alcohol.
“The impact of alcohol harm on families and our communities costs an enormous amount to our police, health and fire services.
“This issue should be of concern to every resident of Ellesmere Port and Neston who can make a difference by ensuring that they and those around them enjoy a drink sensibly and safely.”
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