NEW figures show more than 1,000 people were treated for drinking problems in Kirklees last year.
Councillors, health officials and police will discuss the issue at a meeting this morning.
Figures compiled for Kirklees Council’s Safer Stronger Communities Executive show 1,100 people were given “structured care” for their drinking problems in 2011/12. Three quarters of the interventions were successful.
However, the report notes that “local cultural factors have hampered efforts to reduce alcohol harm.”
Men in Kirklees drink more than the regional average and are more likely to suffer liver disease and die younger as a result.
However, women in the area drink less than the Yorkshire average.
Alcohol-related crime is down but the level of “high-risk” drinking is up.
The executive, which includes members of the council, the NHS and the police, were discussing the report at a meeting at Huddersfield Town Hall at 9am today.