Monday, September 10, 2012

No City for Old Men


The Economist looks into the mystery of Glasgow, Scotland:

Glasgow, for all its charms, is sick—and not metaphorically. Glaswegians die younger than other Britons and nobody knows why. Even in wealthy neighbourhoods mortality rates are 15% higher than in similar districts of other big cities. [...]

At first this seemed to be explained by poverty: poorer people are less healthy and Glasgow has lots of them. But about ten years ago studies began to show that the city was still dying younger than it should have done. Adjusting for age, poverty and gender, Glasgow has more than twice as many deaths from drink and drugs as Liverpool and Manchester.

Steve Clowney

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