Feeds

Northerners in hard boozing shocker

Dying for a drink

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

A study has revealed drinkers in the north are guzzling their way to an early grave compared to their rosé-sipping southern counterparts.

Researchers at Liverpool John Moores University reckon the binge culture could be slashing life expectancies north of Watford Gap by as much as two years.

Newcastle, Liverpool and Durham were fingered as Britain's binge capitals, with a brain-pickling 27 per cent of adults overdoing it by more than double the recommended daily limit. As a national average, 18.2 per cent seem to believe they have two livers. Current advice for men is not to exceed three to four units a day, and two to three for women. A standard pint contains about two units.

Alcohol-related hospital admissions are higher in the north too. Per 100,000 population, 1,100 men in the north spent a night in casualty in 2004-5, compared to 700 in the south-east.

Professor Mark Bellis said: "These profiles graphically illustrate the growing cost of cheap alcohol, a night-time economy almost exclusively packed with bars and clubs, and a failure to deliver a credible drinking message to both youths and adults."

Having spent hard times in England's post-industrial tundra, we at Vulture Central would proffer long grim winters, smog, ambient despair, a diet of dripping sandwiches, plague, and pigeon fancying as alternative motivations for northerner's relative thirst.

Or, it could be that at the average local in London, it costs £15 for a champagne flute of warm imported organic lager served by a barely-sentient frustrated Australian surfing instructor. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less
'Some might find this idea offensive' boffin admits
LOHAN crash lands on CNN
Overflies Die Welt en route to lively US news vid
Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box
Phytosanitary treatment renders Vulture 2 crate fit for export
No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer
'Solar sail' demonstrator project binned
America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft
674 days in space for US Air Force's mystery orbital vehicle
Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody
Cringeworthy, crude and crass jokes abound in Steven Erikson’s sci-fi debut
Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE
Fossil find proves it first happened 385 million years ago
Human spacecraft dodge COMET CHUNKS pelting off Mars
Odyssey orbiter yet to report, though - comet's trailing trash poses new threat
You can crunch it all you like, but the answer is NOT always in the data
Hear that, 'data journalists'? Our analytics prof holds forth
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.