Draft Alcohol Strategy for Suffolk

December 19, 2013

Category: Health and Wellbeing

Alcohol misuse is currently being tackled in Suffolk and views are being sought by Suffolk County Council on strategies to address the issue.

The Draft Alcohol Strategy for Suffolk is an important document for any organisation supporting individuals, families and carers as it will drive service development and funding.

If you or your organisation work with anyone who may be affected by alcohol misuse, then your thoughts and comments are welcome.

The Themes are:

• Establish safe and sensible drinking as the norm
• Prevent further increases in levels of ill health caused by alcohol
• Improve the health of problem drinkers of all ages and their families
• Reduce the incidence of alcohol related crime and anti-social behaviour
• Develop a Suffolk public health responsibility deal with local producers and suppliers of alcohol.

The draft Alcohol Strategy can be downloaded directly from the Suffolk County Council website (Word document, 271kb).

• More than 1 in 7
over 18s in Suffolk drink at increasing or higher risk
• Approximately 22,000 people in Suffolk are dependent on alcohol
• admissions to hospital as a result of alcohol are increasing
• parental drug and alcohol use is a key factor in the breakdown of families which result in children being identified as ‘in need’, requiring child protection or care.
• In 2011/12 Suffolk had 699 pubs, 25 breweries, employed approximately 9,800 people and added a gross value of £257 million to the Suffolk economy.

Comments and feedback are sought on the priorities by 31st January 2014.

Comments should be sent to:

Simon Aalders
Public Health Engagement
Public Health Suffolk
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP1 2BX

01473 265165
simon.aalders@suffolk.gov.uk

Community Action Suffolk supports voluntary and community sector representation on the Health and Wellbeing Board.

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