I asked six people why they think the drinking rate in Bournemouth is so high.
Jamie, who is a local bar manager, said that the health issue is because “Bournemouth have a large amount of rehab centres around,” and that “a lot of these people tend to give up, and then get into more trouble with alcohol.”
Emily, who is from London, says that Bournemouth has “lots of students and young people,” and also says that “the culture is of hen and stag nights which I think fuels the ‘drink until you drop’ culture.”
Peter, who is from Bournemouth, suggests that the reason for this problem is because “Bournemouth is an affluent area.” “With places like Canford Cliffs, there are lots of wealthy people, which means lots of people buy alcohol and get health problems.”
Anne, who has been living in Bournemouth for over 20 years, says that “the Council isn’t doing enough.” She also said that “education isn’t enough to stop people drinking at high risks, the Council needs to do more to help the risky drinkers.”
Alice, who has come from Somerset, says that “there are too many bars and social places for people to drink at.” She also stated that “If they want to stop the problem, they should close some of the bad places down.”
John, who lives in Poole, said that “Bournemouth is getting to be a popular place, what with AFC Bournemouth getting promoted and the nice beaches, more tourists are coming to Bournemouth and drinking.”
- Main story on why the alcohol drinking rate is higher in Bournemouth
- Interactive map giving statistics regarding the alcohol problem in Bournemouth compared to surrounding areas.