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Number of deaths by alcohol rises in Bucks

214 people died last year as a direct result of alcohol abuse.

Published by Mix96 News at 11:51am 23rd December 2019. 3-minute read.

Number of deaths by alcohol rises in Bucks

Public Health England have revealed the number of deaths by alcohol in the area is the highest since records began.

Analysis of the new data by addiction treatment firm UKAT found 214 people died last year as a direct result of alcohol abuse, that's 10% more than the previous year.

In 2010 the number of deaths was 175, that rose to 214 in 2018.

UKAT's Group Treatment Lead, Nuno Albuquerque, comments on this timely insight;

"December is notoriously a month for some to over-indulge, and alcohol becomes more and more prevalent and difficult to avoid with Christmas and New Year celebrations. People tend to drink to excess at this time of year, reaching and exceeding their normal limit with alcohol. But binge-drinking is extremely dangerous because it can cause real short and long term health problems and can even cause death."

Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks for men within two hours and for women it's four or more drinks.

He added:

"Binge drinking has an immediate effect on your coordination and judgement, but it also leads to dangerous long-term problems with your heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. Binge-drinking also increases the body's tolerance to alcohol, and so the amount consumed each time increases. This can lead to the person becoming alcohol dependent, and as the recent figures from Public Health England have revealed, the number of people in Buckinghamshire dying because of alcohol related conditions rises. This is an extremely concerning trend. 
"It's important to remember that these aren't just numbers; they're someone's mother, father, child or friend they won't get to enjoy this time of year with. We encourage everyone in Buckinghamshire to be safe with alcohol and to seek professional support if they're struggling." 

You can find further support, help and information on the treatment services available here.



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