Sunderland worst for booze deaths

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THRTY-SIX Wearsiders drank themselves to death in 2010, figures reveal.

 The city topped a table of places across the UK with the most booze-related deaths in 2010.

 The figures from the Office for National Statistics include deaths directly due to alcohol, such as alcohol poisoning, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis.

 They exclude diseases linked to drink, including cancers of the liver, mouth and oesophagus.

 The North East had the highest male rate with 22.6 per 100,000.

 Alcohol Concern said: “Economic disadvantage is a strong part of the equation.”