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Alcohol costs the county over £1bn

Alcohol is costing Northumberland over �120million each year, figures have shown. Johnny Green/PA Wire

Alcohol is costing Northumberland over �120million each year, figures have shown. Johnny Green/PA Wire

New figures released by Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, have revealed that alcohol is costing Northumberland over £120million each year – with almost half of this figure attributed to costs to the workplace and wider economy.

Alcohol is costing Northumberland’s workplace and wider economy £54.2million annually, according to figures from 2011/12.

This includes 63,998 alcohol-related sick days which equates to over £6.5million.

There were also 1,125 potential working years of life lost to alcohol-related premature mortality – which works out at over £31million.

Alcohol misuse cost the NHS £31.53million while alcohol-related crime and licensing cost £27.01million - with 13,449 alcohol-related crimes taking place in the region. And £8.39million was spent by the local authority on social services involving alcohol.

 

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