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LibDems Try to Call Time on 24-Hour Drinking

Magazine article Public Finance

LibDems Try to Call Time on 24-Hour Drinking

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The Liberal Democrats are calling for the government to review its 24-hour licensing plans after new figures revealed that alcohol-related deaths have risen by 18.4% since 20OO.

The figures, obtained by the LibDems from the Office for National Statistics, showed 6,544 deaths in England and Wales in 2004, compared to 5,525 in 20OO.

The highest increase was in Yorkshire and the Number, where 627 people died from alcohol-related illnesses, up by 46.5%, followed by the Northeast, up by 28.4%, but from a lower base of 335. The highest number was in the Northwest, where there were 1,179 deaths in 2004, an increase of 24.1%.

The Southeast had the second highest at 842 last year, followed by London with 772 and the West Midlands at 75O.

Liberal Democrats home affairs spokeswoman Lynne Featherstone said: I am worried that the proposed change to licensing laws will add to this startling increase in drink-related deaths. …

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