More on Lewisham Drinkers

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.


About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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One Response to More on Lewisham Drinkers

  1. I hear that Woking has more piss-heads now than anyone.

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