A new public consultation process which begins this week will highlight how people can reduce the risk of poor health and other adverse impacts that occur through the excessive drinking of alcohol.
Cheshire East has already gained extremely useful information around a diversity of subjects such as children’s attitudes to alcohol, substance misuse and test purchasing with underage volunteers.
This has been achieved using data from Public Health England, intelligence from the UK Youth Parliament’s ‘Make Your Mark’ questionnaire and the Department of Health funded ‘What about Youth’ survey.
This consultation phase brings together all of this previous research and uses it to prepare a framework which focuses on five key areas: prevention, protection, treatment, recovery and control.
The combined shared cost across the Borough for the Council, NHS, police and local businesses of dealing with alcohol related harm is in excess of £136 million. The impact on residents and communities can be measured in the number of people attending hospital for alcohol-related ill health.
Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member for communities and health, said: “Our public health team do outstanding work in educating residents about the health risks associated with the excessive consumption of alcohol but the time is right to take a more focused approach.
“We are committed to putting residents first and welcome views on our plan to tackle alcohol related harm in the Borough. It is vitally important that we approach this in a co-ordinated manner in order that we can tackle this issue directly.”
For more information about alcohol-related harm and to take part in the survey, please visit: http://surveys.cheshireeast.gov.uk/s/AlcoholHarmReductionStatement/