Bournemouth is steadily gaining a bad reputation for itself as a drinking hub of Dorset.
The number of alcohol related hospital admissions has been on the rise from 2009 being only 250 per 100,000 to 444 in 2015, significantly higher than England’s average of 364.
The drinking culture in Bournemouth has several attributes- the expanding student population promotes the largely antisocial behaviour associated with drinking.
The large amount of alcohol and drug rehabilitation centres in comparison to the size of the town also contributes to the higher than average figures.
Unhealthy reputation of a ‘Treatment Destination”
Head of the Health and Adult Social Care Overview & Scrutiny Panel, David d’Orton-Gibson believes that the amount of facilities available for tackling alcoholism contributes to most of its issues;
“Because we probably have a higher population of dependent drinkers “in Bournemouth partly linked with Bournemouth’s reputation as a ‘treatment destination’.”
The rapidly expanding University campus and student population creates a large area for development of drinking establishments. Seeing most pubs and clubs being packed every night with thirsty students. Supporting this there are three Weatherspoon’s and upwards of seven nightclubs in this small town.
The lively nightlife also attracts waves of pre-wedding parties with Bournemouth being the eighth most popular Hen party/ stag do destination in Europe in 2016.
The infrastructure holding up the alcohol economy is so supported by students and parties. Meaning there is more room for locals to become dependent on the cheap alcohol available on every street corner.
Thus leading to above average figures for alcohol related mortality and and hospitalisation.