AN IMPORTANT survey into the region’s drinking habits has gone flat with Ellesmere Port people.
To date only 110 people in the borough have filled in the questionnaire, despite alcohol being one of the top causes of preventable ill-health in West Cheshire.
And, as revealed in the Pioneer earlier this year, boozing among youngsters and adults is also one of the region’s biggest causes of hospital admissions.
Now Western Cheshire Primary Care Trust (PCT), which is halfway through collecting data for the nationwide Big Drink Debate, is urging more people to spend a minute or two taking part.
Steve Bridgman, the PCT’s associate director of public health, said: “We started the survey in May and so far we have only got 110 people taking part from Ellesmere Port and Neston, which is one of the lowest in the region.
“Chester’s response has been a bit better, with 330 people, but it’s not great.
“We are looking for people’s views on alcohol, their drinking habits, and want to encourage more residents to take part.
“When we have collected all the data we will be able to do a comparison and get enough information about people’s drinking and their views to move forward.
“From the New Year we will be revising our alcohol strategy for West Cheshire.”
The PCT will also be promoting the Big Drink Debate at the partnership launch of the 2008 Youth Games in Whitby Park this Friday, August 8.
The survey, one of the biggest ever conducted in the North West, can be found at www.nwph.net/alcohol/bigdrinkdebate/index.aspx