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Health report reveals binge-drinking problem in North Yorkshire
BINGE-drinking levels in England’s biggest county are significantly higher than the national average, a new health report reveals.
It is estimated that 23.9 per cent of North Yorkshire residents binge-drink – against a national average of 20.1 per cent.
But when it comes to hard drugs like heroin and crack cocaine the usage level is low with an estimated 1,803 users in the county.
The figures have emerged in the first report of the county’s new director of public health, Dr Lincoln Sargeant. It gives a “snapshot” of the county’s public health needs, responsibility for which passed from the NHS to local authorities in the spring.
The report estimates that 24.2 per cent of adults in the county are overweight, however the number of smokers is around 16.5 per cent, against a national average of 20.2 per cent.
Other key points include stark differences in death rates between communities within the county, with the highest rates of early death in areas with the highest levels of socioeconomic deprivation.
The population is also getting older, putting more pressure on health and social care services and the difference in life expectancy for a child can vary by up to eight years depending on where he or she was born in the county.
“The link between social and economic deprivation and health outcomes is clear in North Yorkshire,” said Dr Sargeant.
“The response to meeting the challenges to the health of the population requires the combined action of all organisations and agencies that influence the wider environment in which we live.”
He recommends, among other actions, that health and wellbeing should be “a central consideration in the decision making of all of the organisations and agencies within North Yorkshire.”
To view Dr Sargeant’s report in full visit nypartnerships.org.uk/dphreport
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