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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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Call for the price increases on the cheapest alcohol.

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Health experts in the North West are calling for the cheapest alcohol to be made more expensive to tackle the growing problem of alcohol abuse.

This region has some of the highest death rates in the country - and 11 million of us are drinking at levels that pose a risk to our health

Experts say that a minimum unit price would help to reduce that toll.

Dr Arif Rajpura is the director of public health for Blackpool.

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