COMMENT - Excessive drink still a problem

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YET more troubling figures have emerged about problem drinking in St Helens.

The latest statistics show people in St Helens suffer the worst health because of excessive drinking than other areas of Merseyside.

There is no easy way of getting around this problem.

Local council and health officials are acutely aware of the issues the town is facing.

They are implementing a number of initiatives to offer help to those who have a problem with the bottle and are attempting to curb the drinking culture.

But they can only do so much and it is ultimately about personal responsibility.