Looking at the plethora of stories about hazardous and harmful drinking – and at Richard’s poll – I thought I’d have a dig into the data to see what I could find.
From here I found a picture of how the borough does across a number of indicators.
Indicators where Lewisham does well:
- Alcohol-specific hospital admission, under 18s
- Alcohol-specific hospital admission – females
- Alcohol-attributable hospital admission – males
- Alcohol-attributable hospital admission – females
- Hazardous drinking (synthetic estimate)
- Binge drinking (synthetic estimate)
- Employees in bars – % of all employees
Indicators where Lewisham does badly:
- Alcohol-related recorded crimes
- Alcohol-related violent crimes
- Alcohol-related sexual offences
From here I was able to download a table which suggests that:
- 16% of adults in Lewisham are drinking hazardous amounts;
- while just over 5% are drinking harmfully.
This compares with 20% and 5% respectively for England as a whole.
To remind ourselves hazardous is defined as 15 units for women and 22 for men in a week. Harmful is defined as over 35 units for women and 50 for men in a week.