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Saturday, 19 May 2012

New research shows cost of alcohol harm totals £3 billion per year in the North West

 

Chief Executives today (May 18) called on David Cameron to take tough action to prevent cheap alcohol from wreaking havoc on North West communities.

Speaking at a major national alcohol conference, leading local authority Chief Executives and representatives called for a 50p minimum unit price to prevent alcohol being sold at pocket-money prices.

The call came as they unveiled new research which shows that the negative impacts of alcohol are costing the North West at least £3 billion per year.

Cheshire East Councillor Janet Clowes, the Cheshire and Warrington sub-regional health and wellbeing commission chairperson, said: “Someone is admitted to hospital every four minutes in the North West because of alcohol. We know that our local communities are fed up with having to cope with alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour.

“Alcohol has become 44% more affordable than it was in 1980 and alcohol-related harm is costing the public sector billions to address, to say nothing of its social impact.

“The Government has said that it wants to curb the negative impact of cheap alcohol in our communities. We want to see a minimum unit price set at 50p per unit, because research shows that this will save lives, cut crime and save the public sector millions.”

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