More than 12 areas of Dundee rank in the top 100 worst in Scotland for alcohol-related deaths and for lung disease.
Figures compiled by scientists from across the country show that there are eight areas of the city with very high drink-related deaths.
There are also six sections which suffer from excessive levels of lung disease or lung cancer per head of the population.
In some cases, just living streets away from a particular hotspot can have a difference.
One area of the Hilltown has the 35th highest alcohol consumption deaths — but just streets away in the shadow of the Law, some streets are the healthiest, ranking 4,722nd in Scotland.
David McEnroy, manager of Dundee’s Jericho House — a residential alcohol rehabilitation facility — said that for many of those included in the statistics, they can slip into alcoholism before they realise they’re addicted.
He said: “That’s how addiction works. We are hooked before we know we are hooked.
“Many people will be over that line before they realise it and into full-blown addiction.”
And Steven Dalton, lead officer for the Dundee City Alcohol and Drug Partnership, said the figures, compiled by the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH), were not a shock.
He said: “The figures are certainly disappointing and something we don’t take lightly.
“The areas of deprivation will often link up with alcohol problems and it’s something we are consistently working on rectifying.
“Unfortunately, if you don’t have a lot of money and you’re spending a lot of it on alcohol, that means less money is being spent on going to something like a leisure facility or spending it on food.
“I’m not surprised at the situation and we’re struggling to make this better, but there’s no reason why we can’t improve the situation in Dundee.”
Other parts of the city that sat in the top 100 worst for alcohol-related deaths were sections of Fairmuir (50th), Blackness (53rd), City Centre (61st), Stobswell (65th), The Glens (71st), another section of the Hilltown (81st) and Lochee (98th).
Mr Dalton also pointed out that deprived areas in Dundee may have higher levels of alcoholism because they appear to have more premises selling alcohol than more affluent sections.
But Councillor Alan Ross, depute convener for health and social work, said the council was taking steps to avoid this in the future.
He said: “Recently, the licensing board in Dundee took a view that the overprovision of outlets selling alcohol would now be considered in certain areas to tackle that very problem.
“It’s not something that has happened for very long but, hopefully, over time, it will have an impact.
“However, it’s difficult because we have to help people who want to run a business.” Data compiled by CRESH — which is a virtual centre made up of scientists from the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow — also show that six sections of Dundee are in the top 100 for lung disease and cancer.
Two sections of Linlathen, another two in Whitfield, plus the Caird Park area and the city centre all featured in the top 10.
Most alarmingly, those living in the Ward Road area have the third worst rate in the whole of Scotland.
Councillor Ross said a lot of initiatives are in place to help people combat smoking.
He added: “This is more something the Scottish Government are involved with in terms of incentives to give up smoking and there’s a lot of things that have been done to improve education too.
“I think more people are aware of smoking issues nowadays but at the end of the day it’s one of those things that is down to the individual.”
Last month the Tele reported 222 people were handed on-the-spot fines by the council for smoking in illegal places and Mr Ross felt this was also a benefit in tacklingw lung disease in the region.
He said: “All these sort of things are there to help. People might think it’s a nanny state but it’s the health of people we are talking about and the future of the younger generations.”