There are more binge drinkers in Yorkshire and the Humber than in any other English region a report has shown.

The report has been written by the North West Public Health Observatory as part of a series of Indications of Public Health in the English Regions from the Association of Public Health Observatories, commissioned by the Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson.

It shows that 23 per cent of men and 12 per cent of women binge drink in Yorkshire and the Humber and in the North West the figures indicate 22 per cent of men and 10 per cent of women binge drink.

The report measures a number of indicators relating to individuals, community and population implications of alcohol use and there effects on health and well being. It aims to inform directors of public health to help them tackle the issue.

The report also shows that the rate of mortality in people aged under 75 has increased by about 4 per cent each year between 2001 and 2005 and an estimated 1.55 million people in England are drinking at harmful levels.