Borough hit by alcohol deaths shock

Scarborough Hospital
Scarborough Hospital

THE borough of Scarborough was hit by 23 alcohol-related deaths in just one year, according to shocking new figures.

The statistic was the highest in North Yorkshire and comes after Scarborough Hospital bosses revealed they treated 62 under-18s for alcohol misuse in the same year.

The figures showed 673 people across Yorkshire died from alcohol-related deaths during the 12-month period.

Scarborough Council chiefs are currently poring over plans to implement an updated alcohol harm reduction strategy in the town to combat the problem.

The move follows the previous installation of a dedicated alcohol treatment worker in the hospital’s Accident and Emergency department.

However, the blueprint from North Yorkshire Coast Community Partnership - with input various bodies including Scarborough’s Safer Communities Partnership - revealed it aims to increase alcohol awareness further.

A report said: “In relation to the first strategy good progress has been made in some areas, in particular the development of services for young people such as Street Safe and Aftermath.

“The employment of an alcohol Accident and Emergency worker had been identified as a key priority in the first strategy and the employment recently of this worker had been a significant development.

“Partnership arrangements were stronger and more effective and there was commitment from a range of partners to work together to address the issue.”

Responding to the figures, a Department of Health spokesman said: “We are determined to tackle the scandal of alcohol abuse.

“People that misuse alcohol endanger their lives and those of others.

“It costs the NHS £2.7 billion every year and in our forthcoming alcohol strategy we will set out plans on how to deal with the problems.”