Liver disease figures in Wigan almost DOUBLE the national average

Booze-related deaths figures are a cause for concern
Booze-related deaths figures are a cause for concern

WIGAN’S alcohol problems have sparked a dramatic increase in liver disease rates in the borough.

The number of Wiganers dying from their boozing is almost DOUBLE the national average, with the number expected to continue rising.

Health chiefs today said a number of initiatives were already in place to combat the problem.

Wigan’s director of public health, Professor Kate Ardern, said: “The burden of alcohol misuse on Wigan Borough is clear to see in these results. But we have identified the problem and drawn up projects with a strong recovery focus and expanded our services to help more people affected by alcohol.”

Latest figures from Public Health England (PHE) show that in 2012/13 14.7 people per 100,000 Wigan residents were killed by alcohol-related liver disease - way above the national average for England of 8.9