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Fewer Solihull people think the midlands has a drink problem

OVER half of Silhillians think that the region has a drink problem - that’s the verdict of a new survey.

OVER half of Silhillians think that the region has a drink problem - that’s the verdict of a new survey.

Results from the Big Drink Debate were released this week and throw light on the attitudes to alcohol across the West Midlands region.

According to the latest statistics, 54.6 per cent of those questioned in Solihull felt that there was a drinking problem.

But this is a smaller share than in many other neighbourhoods - where concerns about alcohol seem to be more widespread. In Birmingham, 66.57 per cent of people felt that there was a problem and that figure rose to 69.79 per cent in Coventry.

Anti-social behaviour and drinking among young people were among the problems highlighted by Solihull residents.

Three quarters of those questioned voiced concern about young drinkers and more than 90 per cent thought that yobbery was one of the main problems caused by alcohol.

Doctor Jammi Rao, deputy regional director of public health, said: “The Big Drink Debate has been an incredibly valuable exercise, giving us an important insight into how the people of the West Midlands are affected by alcohol, how often they drink, what they think are the main impacts on society from people drinking too much and what measures can be taken to improve the situation.

“Alcohol touches so many people’s lives across the region, whether it is a friend or family member who drinks too much, or anti-social behaviour from others. The clearer the picture we can build up about these habits, the better our response will be and the more people we can help.”

Separate figures made available in January seemed to show that Solihull’s teenagers were among the booziest in the West Midlands. Statistics revealed than over 100 under 18s were admitted to hospital with alcohol related conditions during a three year period.

 

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