Rise in middle class drinkers at risk of harm

Middle class people are putting their health at risk by increasingly drinking to dangerous levels, the district council has warned.

Latest figures show the number of alcohol-related hospital admissions of so-called white collar workers has doubled in the last 10 years.

Wakefield performs worse than the regional average on measures including months of life lost as a result of alcohol, alcohol-linked deaths, chronic liver disease, hazardous drinking and binge drinking.

Almost a quarter, some 23.6 per cent, of adults in the district drink at least twice the recommended daily amount of alcohol in a single drinking session.

Dr Andrew Furber, the district’s director of public health, said: “We like to think that excessive drinking is in the pubs and clubs on a Friday and Saturday night but too often middle class people are drinking to excess in the home throughout the week.

“Regularly exceeding the recommended daily amounts for alcohol can harm your health, regardless of whether it is with three litres of strong white cider on a park bench, or a bottle of Californian merlot in front of a DVD box set.”