WISBECH: Survey says town is potentially one of the most abstemious in the country

PUBLISHED: 10:42 20 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010

WISBECH has one of the highest ratios of people to pubs of most towns in the country, says a new survey. In Wisbech there are 2,122 people to every pub, off licence or bar says the survey by on line internet directory locallife.co.uk It means Wisbech is r

WISBECH has one of the highest ratios of people to pubs of most towns in the country, says a new survey.

In Wisbech there are 2,122 people to every pub, off licence or bar says the survey by on line internet directory locallife.co.uk

It means Wisbech is ranked 15th in a national league table and, compared to places such as Scarborough with 554 people per pub and Llanelli with 658 people per pub, potentially one of the most abstemious places in the UK.

In top spot, however, for sobriety was Yeovil with 3,163 residents per pub, and Newham in London with 2,918.

Westminster in London topped the poll with 423 people per pub winning it the accolade of "the booziest place in the UK" says locallife.

Tony Martin, chairman of the website, said: "After the excesses of Christmas, many people give their livers a break with a January detox.

"Temptation won't be a problem for residents of Wisbech where licensed premises are thin on the ground. Beating the booze is hardest in Westminster where there's no shortage of hostelries. Presumably MPs are having their fare share of liquid lunches."

He added: "The survey is not a definitive portrayal of people's drinking habits, but it does give an indication of the number of alcohol related businesses in each area.

"It's clear businesses such as bars, clubs, pubs and off licences have to be supported by customers in order to survive.


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