Early death is more likely if you live in an area with lots of alcohol outlets

It’s not rocket science, but a good wake up call to those thinking that it is a good thing you can buy alcohol everywhere.

Dr Flora Matheson, a medical sociologist and research scientist, and Dr Joel Ray from St Michael’s Hospital in Canada, did a research project and uncovered more damning evidence for the damage that alcohol causes to communities.

Their 140-neighbourhood survey in Toronto, found that “men had a 1.25 times greater risk of premature death in areas with high densities of cheque cashing places. They had a 1.36 times greater risk of premature death in areas with high densities of alcohol outlets - alcohol and beer stores and on-premise licensed facilities such as bars.

Study by Dr Flora Matheson, a medical sociologist and research scientist, and Dr Joel Ray from St Michael’s Hospital in Canada, as published in BMJ Open, December 2014.

Posted: Tuesday 7 April 2015