Concerns over rise in number of Rugby people in hospital for alcohol-related problems

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There is “some cause for concern” following a rise in the number of people in Rugby being admitted to hospital for alcohol-related problems.

The borough council’s crime and disorder committee has investigating problems connected to drink in the town –and working out ways to tackle them.

In his report to the committee’s meeting on July 25, scrutiny officer Paul Ansell stated: “Rugby borough went from having the lowest number of alcohol-related hospital admissions per 100,000 population in Warwickshire in 2007 to having the second highest in 2010/11.

“Rugby has the lowest percentage of abstainers from alcohol in the county and the second-largest proportion of people whose consumption of alcohol was increasing.

“There therefore seems, on the face of it, to be some cause for concern locally.”

The committee heard that Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group, the new body in charge of providing health services for the town, wants to work more closely with the town’s Community Safety Partnership, which involves organisations including the police and borough council, to help tackle the problem.