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A CAMPAIGN group has praised a new report on the reduction of alcohol-related hospital admissions.

The dossier by the Local Alcohol Profile for England revealed that hospital admissions for under 18s had fallen by 50 per cent and for females by 42 per cent since 2008/9 and under 40s by 12.5 per cent over the last five years.

Tim Page, chief executive of the Campaign for Real Ale, said: ‘It is positive news that hospital admissions relating to alcohol harm are falling, and that it has been proven that local community pubs have played an important role in this trend. ‘Research published earlier this year from Oxford University shows that people who have a ‘local’ pub drink less on average while in that pub, as compared to casual visitors to larger city-centre pubs and bars.

‘The research demonstrates that there is a clear link between an individual having a ‘local’ and whether they feel like they are part of a wider community. People with a local reported feeling more content with their lives, enjoy a wider network of friends and are more socially engaged while in a pub.’

‘This is why it is especially important that we continue to support pubs across the country, particularly those facing the threat of closure.’