Special Report: Alcohol related deaths double in the North West

At the start of Alcohol Awareness Week, our correspondent Mel Barham has a series of reports in which we are all being urged to re-examine our relationship with drink.

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The worrying impact of budget cuts on alcohol treatment services

Fears are growing that cuts to funding in the region could be putting lives at risk for those battling alcohol problems.

Experts say that demand for treatment far outstrips supply.

And that many people are being forced to seek private care due to cutbacks.

Ian Smith is an Addictions Counsellor for Oasis Recovery Communities in Runcorn.

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