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.
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.
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