Monday, 20 Sep 2021

Britain’s booziest town laid bare where almost half fear drinking out of control

Robbie Williams’ home city is the heavy-drinking capital of Britain.

The recovering drink and drug addict’s native Stoke-on-Trent – is best-known for its pottery

But it also now has more adults downing over the recommended 14 units a week than anywhere else in the UK.

Almost 50% say they feel incapable of stopping at "just one" and fear their boozing is out of control.

Sammy Manzaroli, of addiction treatment service Help Me Stop which carried out the nationwide study, said other areas also had big booze problems, adding: "This research reveals millions of Brits feel their drinking is out of control."

The study showed 47% of Stoke folk regularly found it "difficult to stop once they start".

It comes after singer Robbie, 47, branded Brits "delusional" over their booze culture and said he intended to "terrify" his kids out of drinking and taking drugs.

The huge range of boozers in the Potteries could partly explain why it is the binge-drinking hotspot.

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And the Visit Stoke website boasts of a real ale drinkers’ paradise.

It adds: "Bottle Craft in the city centre’s Cultural Quarter is a craft beer shop and bar offering 200 bottles and cans from all over the world – perfect for treating yourself or a friend to something a little different."

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Stoke has also come second on a separate table of Britain’s 50 most dangerous drinking spots.

It has a rate of 982.5 per 100,000 people being admitted to hospital for alcohol-related conditions.

The city was closely followed in Help Me Stop’s list by Glasgow, where 45% of drinkers fear their boozing is totally out of hand.

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