Middle class biggest alcohol abusers

Are you a middle-class binge drinker?

MIDDLE-CLASS DRINKERS who relax with a bottle of wine are in serious danger of damaging their health, figures out today reveal.

One in four couples in some wealthy areas in the UK regularly consume ‘hazardous’ amounts of alcohol.

A study involving every local authority in the country revealed that the biggest drinkers populate towns with the highest house prices in the country.

Seven of the top ten areas are in Surrey and at the top of the table is Harrogate in North Yorkshire. In these areas up to one in four residents consume more than three bottles of wine a week, meaning men regularly drink between 22 to 50 units a week and women 15 to 35 units.

Despite the government attempting to tackle teenage binge drinking, Professor Ian Gilmore, the president of the Royal College of Physicians told the Daily Telegraph: ‘Alcohol-dependent middle-class people will be the next generation with serious health harm. There is an epidemic of alcohol-related harm and the middle classes are contributing to that.’

Professor Mark Bellis, the director of the North West Public Health Observatory (NWPHO) who conducted the study, suggested ‘substantial’ increases in the price of alcohol could help to tackle the issue.

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