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185 people a day in North East hospitals due to alcohol

Figures put together for the NHS show that between 2012 and 2013, 67,000 people were admitted to North East hospitals with alcohol-related conditions - the equivalent of 185 every day.

The North East has a long and complex relationship with alcohol Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

When the figures are adjusted to take account of population differences, Middlesbrough has the highest rate of admissions in England, with South Tyneside, Sunderland and North Tyneside also in the top ten.

Those figures relate to the number of people suffering the effects of drinking too much in the long and short term, as well as falls, self harm and other injuries caused by drinking.

Drink Drive Campaign launched ahead of World Cup

Football fans are being reminded of the dangers of drink driving ahead of the start of this year's World Cup. The campaign has been launched, jointly, by Durham and Cleveland Police. The main focus is to warn people that they may still be over the legal limit the morning AFTER drinking alcohol.

If you are found to be over the limit the next day you will be dealt with and prosecuted for the offence just as if you had got behind the wheel when intoxicated at the time. Driving in this state could easily lead to a serious or fatal crash because the driver is still affected from last night's alcohol. Our message is simple - don't risk it.

– Ch Insp Alison Jackson

Due to the time difference in Brazil, some matches will be shown as late as 11 o' clock at night. This could increase the chance of alcohol still being in a person's system. The message also applies to drugs.

The campaign will be officially launched by former England and Middlesbrough star Gary Pallister this afternoon. He'll be joined by players from Middlesbrough's Youth Academy and Hartlepool United.

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North East police forces crack down on drink-driving

North East police forces have launched their Christmas campaign to try to prevent drivers from drinking alcohol before getting behind the wheel.

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Police will be doing extra breath tests to catch drivers who have had too much Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

More officers will be stopping drivers for breath tests across the force areas. Police are also issuing a warning to people not to be tempted to drink and drive over the festive season, saying anyone who does is risking their own life and others.

The campaign will last until the New Year.

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