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 35% a decade ago to 19% in 2016, although it remains significantly higher than the national rate.
  • Almost two-thirds of Liverpool adults are classified as either overweight or obese, which is in line with national figures.
  • In Liverpool around 51.8% of adults consume the recommended '5-a-day’ which is the 2nd lowest out of 8 core cities and significantly below nationally (56.8%).
  • Around 25% of adults (aged 19+) are physically inactive (<30 moderate intensity equivalent minutes per week), significantly higher than England and the 3rd highest among 8 core cities.
  • Hospital admissions for alcohol-specific conditions in the city are almost three times the national average, and Liverpool’s premature mortality rate for liver disease is more than twice the national rate.
  • Drug misuse is a significant cause of premature mortality in the UK. Around 40 people die from drug misuse each year in the city. The Liverpool rate of 9 per 100,000 is more than twice the national rate.
  • There are around 3,568 new STI diagnoses in the city each year and Liverpool's diagnosis rate of 1,073.5 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.  

Detailed needs assessments 

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

Local strategies 

Liverpool information 

Public Health England profiles