In order to understand more about Bournemouth’s unusually high drinking statistics- we took to the town centre to see what all the BUZZ was about.
Sasha, 19. Student/bar staff. Does drink (upwards of 4 times a week).Thinks the main cause is the fact that it is becoming a predominately student town where people come for hen/ stag do’s. “there a lot of clubs here despite not being a large city.”
Charlene,32. University Admin officer. Does not drink. Charlene said she had noticed a large increase in the amount of drinking being done by students since her time enrolled in the university, “huge spike due to 24hr drinking.”
Jasper,43. Retail manager. Drinks around 3-4 days a week. Thinks that the large number of rehabilitation centres create a “vicious circle for alcoholics”. He also said that the increasing number of students has made the cultural practice of binge drinking more acceptable.
Mary,76. Retired. Only drinks on special occasions. When asked about the rise in alcohol related hospitalisation in Bournemouth she said, “young people drink far too much and are wasting nurses time for their reckless and silly behaviour.”
Mark,29. Barista. Drinks 1-2 times a week. “you are aware that there is a problem of mass drinking when your’e out at night but other than that it doesn’t really effect me so I don’t see it as a big issue.” Mark although aware of the large percentages of drink related struggles Bournemouth locals face believed that the greater issue in the town was homelessness, “We need to get these people in homes before we tackle any alcoholism.”