Liverpool Women Die Earlier; Alcohol Blamed for Lower Life Expectancy
Byline: BY JESSICA SHAUGHNESSY
LIVERPOOL women have the lowest life expectancy in England, new figures reveal.
Life expectancy in the city is still one of the lowest in the country with alcohol shaving months off people's lives.
The average Liverpudlian will die at the age of 73 while people living in Kensington and Chelsea will live to the ripe old age of 80.
Liverpool's overall average life expectancy has increased, partly due to an improvement in heart disease, but a new deadly threat has surfaced.
Cirrhosis of the liver, commonly caused by alcoholism, has cut on average more than a month off Liverpudlians' lives.
Tom Hennell, the regional analyst attached to the North West Public Health Team (NWPHT), said: "Liverpool is one of the most deprived areas in the region.
"The life expectancy in the area has improved almost in line withthe rest of the country, but women's life expectancy is not increasing as quickly."
According to the National Office of Statistics (NOS), Liverpool has the third lowest life expectancy at birth for men in England at 73.2 years.
Liverpool women have the joint lowest life expectancy with Manchester at 77.9 years. Women in Middlesbrough are expected to live until they are 78.
Men are living for 5.4 months longer than they did three years ago, while women's life expectancy has risen by three months.
Ten years ago, Liverpool men were only expected to live until they were 71 while the average age of a woman was 77. …