Worcestershire drink abuse battle plan is short of cash

Malvern Gazette: DRINK AWARE: New plans will be aiming to change the culture of alcohol through education. DRINK AWARE: New plans will be aiming to change the culture of alcohol through education.

A HEALTH boss has said there will be no new cash to tackle alcohol abuse in Worcestershire even though thousands are drinking at harmful levels.

An alcohol plan for the county was approved at a meeting of the Worces-tershire Health and Wellbeing Board. However, bosses have admitted they will not have any extra funds to help the estimated 105,122 adults in Worcestershire who drink at levels which damage their health:

  •  In Worcester there are 14,688 at ‘increasing risk’ and 2,963 at ‘higher risk’, the most vulnerable group.
  •  In Malvern Hills there are 3,360 people in this higher risk group.
  • In Wychavon the figure is higher again with 4,987.

Dr Richard Harling, the county’s director of public health, said: “The art of this isn’t going to be more re-sources. They just aren’t there. The answer has to be primarily one of leadership and changing culture.”

Worcestershire spends about £526,356 a year on treatment services with about £200,000 on initiatives including work with homeless drinkers.

The alcohol plan (2013-16) includes preparing educational materials, more training for staff and more support for alcohol-free public activities.

Dr Francis Howie, assistant director of public health for Worcestershire, said in a presentation to the group that the use of alcohol presented “a sad picture” in the county.

An Alcohol Action Group will be formed to develop and implement a more detailed operational plan. An update on the progress is expected to be delivered in autumn.

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9:48pm Sat 2 Feb 13

pronstar says...

The only way to tackle alcohol abuse is to make other safer drugs legal.

Alcohol really is the worst of all drugs and yet it's legal.
The only way to tackle alcohol abuse is to make other safer drugs legal. Alcohol really is the worst of all drugs and yet it's legal. pronstar
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12:27am Sun 3 Feb 13

Biggles says...

Have they become bored with bullying smokers ?
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Maybe we should ban drinking in public places !
Have they become bored with bullying smokers ? . Maybe we should ban drinking in public places ! Biggles
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6:20am Sun 3 Feb 13

laidback says...

Both Harling and Howie can desist from interfering with my pre-dinner G&T/HN/malt scotch enjoyment thank you. Not to mention the claret jug and port decanter.
Both Harling and Howie can desist from interfering with my pre-dinner G&T/HN/malt scotch enjoyment thank you. Not to mention the claret jug and port decanter. laidback
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9:49am Sun 3 Feb 13

Jabbadad says...

Most of the so-called experts are blaming the low unit price of Alcohol for drinking problems, and they suggest that a price increase will solve the problem. When if they were truthful the main thing it would do would be to swell the tax coffers, however some would find the money one way or another. The main reason they don't address is the availability, 24 hour Club & Pub licences. When Scotland had their license hours extended, there was an immediate rise in Alcoholics both men and Women. Common sense will tell us that if Booze is available 24hours via the Clubs / Pubs / Off licences and Supermarkets, then consumption will go up.
Where I live we hear the late night drinkers (Male & Female) walking past, (causing no real problems, just some merrier than others) going home as late as 3 or 4am and some 5am. Assuming they do go to work then they must still be under the influence travelling to and at work
One thing I was surprised in was the figures tell us that Older People are increasingly having drug / Alcohol problems. Can't be paying the Gas Bills or eating sensibly then.
Most of the so-called experts are blaming the low unit price of Alcohol for drinking problems, and they suggest that a price increase will solve the problem. When if they were truthful the main thing it would do would be to swell the tax coffers, however some would find the money one way or another. The main reason they don't address is the availability, 24 hour Club & Pub licences. When Scotland had their license hours extended, there was an immediate rise in Alcoholics both men and Women. Common sense will tell us that if Booze is available 24hours via the Clubs / Pubs / Off licences and Supermarkets, then consumption will go up. Where I live we hear the late night drinkers (Male & Female) walking past, (causing no real problems, just some merrier than others) going home as late as 3 or 4am and some 5am. Assuming they do go to work then they must still be under the influence travelling to and at work One thing I was surprised in was the figures tell us that Older People are increasingly having drug / Alcohol problems. Can't be paying the Gas Bills or eating sensibly then. Jabbadad
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10:16am Sun 3 Feb 13

Frodo 4d says...

Raise the price of alcohol to offer health care for alcohol abuse, just to turn round and say your not having anymore money for it?

Killing off the pubs for nothing...
Raise the price of alcohol to offer health care for alcohol abuse, just to turn round and say your not having anymore money for it? Killing off the pubs for nothing... Frodo 4d
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11:30pm Sun 3 Feb 13

Biggles says...

They'll do to alchohol what they've done to tobacco, make a jolly big black market !
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If you're ever in Belgium, pop into places like Adenkirke, it is like mini England, barely a Belgium redgistered car there.
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The countries like Belgium love the Uk's high prices, they rake in a fortune in their tobacco taxes, and most of the people don't live there, so no comeback on the health service !
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Just to give you an indication of the price difference, a 50g pack in the uk .... about £15, a 50g pack in Belgium........about £3
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Getting there and back isn't expensive, just time consuming, about £40 return on a coach, it costs me about £150 to take the car, fuel and ferry fare.
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The booze cruises will return, the cheap supermarket prices here have all but taken away the incentive, except for those that live in Kent.
They'll do to alchohol what they've done to tobacco, make a jolly big black market ! . If you're ever in Belgium, pop into places like Adenkirke, it is like mini England, barely a Belgium redgistered car there. . The countries like Belgium love the Uk's high prices, they rake in a fortune in their tobacco taxes, and most of the people don't live there, so no comeback on the health service ! . Just to give you an indication of the price difference, a 50g pack in the uk .... about £15, a 50g pack in Belgium........about £3 . Getting there and back isn't expensive, just time consuming, about £40 return on a coach, it costs me about £150 to take the car, fuel and ferry fare. . The booze cruises will return, the cheap supermarket prices here have all but taken away the incentive, except for those that live in Kent. Biggles
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6:54pm Mon 4 Feb 13

blueworcs says...

"Worcestershire drink abuse battle plan is short of cash"



I'll drink to that...........
"Worcestershire drink abuse battle plan is short of cash" I'll drink to that........... blueworcs
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