Worrying figures for Alcohol dependency in the North West of England

According to government data, the North West region is grappling with a significant increase in alcohol misuse. Particularly in its larger cities and towns.

What areas are being affected by the increase in alcohol misuse?

Of all the areas in the region, Salford has experienced the highest surge in alcohol dependency since 2018. They are witnessing a concerning 7.7% increase.

Manchester is also witnessing a steady rise in dependent drinkers. Currently standing at a staggering 70% higher rate than the national average.

Another area in Manchester – Oldham, has seen a worrisome rise of 6.53% in alcohol dependency among its residents.

Liverpool, like Manchester, is among the cities significantly affected by alcohol dependency, experiencing a 5.83% increase.

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What’s to blame for the rise?

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The Council’s 2021 Public Health Annual Report highlighted that during the Covid-19 pandemic, 12% of men and 11% of women in the region increased their alcohol consumption by as much as four times per week. So is this what’s to blame?

This situation calls for urgent attention and comprehensive measures to address the growing issue of alcohol dependency in the North West region.

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Alcohol testing through blood and hair samples could be a highly effective approach to combat the problematic increase in alcohol misuse. Particularly in the problematic area of the North West region.

Here’s how alcohol testing could be used:

1. Comprehensive Testing:

Combining blood and hair alcohol testing provides a comprehensive picture of an individual’s alcohol consumption. Blood testing can detect recent alcohol use. In comparison, hair testing can reveal patterns of long-term consumption. Thus giving a more complete understanding of the extent of alcohol dependency when combined.

2. Early Detection:

Blood alcohol testing can identify recent alcohol consumption. Even before the physical symptoms of dependency become apparent. On the other hand, hair alcohol testing can detect past alcohol use over an extended period (up to 6 months prior to testing). Thus enabling early intervention and support for those at risk of developing dependency.

3. Support for Rehabilitation:

Blood and hair alcohol testing can be instrumental in probation and rehabilitation programs. They can help to promote accountability and monitor compliance with treatment protocols.

4. Legal and Judicial Applications:

Hair testing can serve as crucial evidence in legal and judicial proceedings. Such as in child custody disputes. They can provide clear data on an individual’s alcohol consumption patterns. Including highlighting any increase in alcohol misuse.

However, alcohol testing has its limits. When clinical syndromes such as dependency or harmful drinking are suspected testing should be considered alongside clinical review.

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