City has highest rate of booze-related illness

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PORTSMOUTH has the highest rate of alcohol-related hospital admissions in the south east, it has been revealed.

Figures released by the Safer Portsmouth Partnership show the 4,000 non-emergency admissions and 14,000 A&E admissions that are due to alcohol cost the NHS in the city around 10million.

Next year it is continuing its campaign aimed at 'Dave' - men over 35, judged more likely to drink to dangerous levels.

Paul Edmondson-Jones, director of Public Health & Primary Care for Portsmouth, said: 'This campaign aims to target problem drinkers at a time when they may be thinking about improving their health.

'We have many services available which can provide confidential advice to drinkers and we are committed to reducing the burden that alcohol related illnesses place on individuals, their families and on public services.'

People seeking help can call the Alcohol Interventions Team on 023 9284 1753 or you can visit the website at