One Year Booze Free

What everyone should campaign for in their local area

Reading a recent report on the Prime Minister’s official website about the cost of alcohol to the NHS, thestats show a massive rise in alcohol-related medical diagnosis. Here’s an excerpt from the report:

“In 2010/11 alone there were 200,000 hospital admissions with a primary alcohol-related diagnosis, 40 per cent higher than in 2002/03. The number of patients admitted with acute intoxification has more than doubled to 18,500 since 2002/03.”

With the significant rise in primary alcohol-related diagnosis, it seems as though we have a nation heavily drinking to their peril. However, this is not just what the article is about, what it’s really focused on is the cost to the NHS.

The Prime Minister’s response (cut down to the important stuff):

“Every night, in town centres, hospitals and police stations across the country, people have to cope with the consequences of alcohol abuse. And the problem is getting worse. Over the last decade we’ve seen a frightening growth in the number of people – many under-age – who think it’s acceptable for people to get drunk in public in ways that wreck lives, spread fear and increase crime.

“This is one of the scandals of our society and I am determined to deal with it……Across the country local hospitals, ambulance crews and the police are rising to the challenge. We must help them to do so and will be setting out how through the forthcoming Alcohol Strategy.

“This isn’t just about more rules and regulation. It’s about responsibility and a sense of respect for others. This is an area where the drinks industry, supermarkets, pubs and clubs need to work with government so that responsible drinking becomes a reality and not just a slogan.”

What could the Alcohol Strategy include?

So they could start by creating more coffee houses and social clubs that are open till late that don’t serve alcohol. There is a massive gap in the market for places in each town and city that revolve around mocktails, fancy coffee & teas  and themed nights. Yes, alcohol gets rid of your inhibitions but so do your passions. If you are going to your book club, glee club, swimming club (or whatever) to chat to people you have things in common with, you’re going to get all the social activity you need without poisoning yourself. Perhaps it could even make us a brighter, healthier nation.

Obviously, there needs to be more to the strategy but I think this is something we are really missing. I hear, often, in Brighton that coffee shops are turned down for late night licence. Why is this?

Do you think the Alcohol Strategy is necessary or over-the-top? What do you think should be included in the alcohol strategy?

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