Living well

Living well is essential in helping us manage our health and maintain our independence.  Unhealthy lifestyle behaviours, such as smoking or drinking alcohol, determine the burden of disease and illness within a population. Some of the risk factors for the city are highlighted below. 

Key facts

  • Smoking prevalence in Liverpool has reduced from 22% in 2011 to 14% in 2019, which is similar to the national prevalence.
  • In 2019/20, 63.5%  Liverpool adults were classified as either overweight or obese, which is in line with the national average (62.8%).
  • In Liverpool, around 46.7% of adults consume the recommended '5-a-day’ which is the lowest out of the 8 core cities and significantly below nationally (55.4%).
  • Around 26.8% of adults (aged 19+) are physically inactive (<30 moderate intensity equivalent minutes per week), significantly higher than England (22.9%) and the 2nd highest among 8 core cities.
  • Hospital admissions for alcohol-specific conditions in the city are more than two times the national average, and Liverpool’s premature mortality rate for liver disease is 1.5 times higher than the national rate.
  • Drug misuse is a significant cause of premature mortality in the UK. Around 48 people die from drug misuse each year in the city. The Liverpool rate of 11 per 100,000 is more than twice the national rate and the 6th highest in England.
  • There are around 4,200 new Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) diagnoses in the city each year and Liverpool's diagnosis rate of 1,238 per 100,000 population aged 15 to 64 years is significantly higher than nationally and the 2nd highest out of 8 core cities after Manchester.

View 'Health Improvement - Public Health Outcomes Framework', Public Health England

Detailed needs assessments 

The following health needs assessments have been published in relation to living well: 

Local strategies 

Liverpool information 

Public Health England profiles