Local Alcohol Action Areas to tackle irresponsible drinking

A NEW project is to be launched in Pembrokeshire to tackle the harmful effects of drinking too much alcohol.

The county is among 20 areas across England and Wales where Local Alcohol Action Areas are to be set up.

They will see local agencies, including licensing authorities, health bodies and the police, work in partnership with businesses and other organisations to address the harm caused by excessive drinking.

Alcohol-related crime and disorder costs an estimated £11 billion per year in England and Wales, and the government wants to support local communities in reducing the scenes of drunkenness and violence that blight communities.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s cabinet member for environmental and regulatory services, Councillor Huw George, said: “The council’s licensing team, the police and health board have established an effective working relationship with the licensing industry and others in Pembrokeshire to lessen the burden of health-related alcohol harm.

“We have been able to do this while still promoting a vibrant and safe night-time economy and we look forward to pursuing this across Pembrokeshire to promote responsible alcohol use.”

Andrew Misell from Alcohol Concern Cymru said: “Alcohol is a big part of social life here in Wales, and across the UK. Sharing drinks with friends can be a great way to relax and socialise, but it’s easy to get into unhealthy drinking habits. Excessive drinking can lead to long term health problems, even after the hangover’s passed. At Alcohol Concern, we’re challenging all of us who drink to think about how much we drink and why, and to make sure we’re in control of our drinking.

“Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery, Alcohol Concern is already working in Fishguard and Goodwick to help local people identify local alcohol issues and come up with their own solutions. We’ll be looking to link that work into this new county-wide Local Alcohol Action Area.”

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2:25pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Yves14.. says...

It is extremely positive to know alcohol related issues are being addressed within Pembrokeshire, it is something that after many years I formed a terrible habit, which had hold of me for thirty six years.

Although I was not involved in any crime related activity whilst under the influence of alcohol I would not condone drinking excessively to anyone. I no longer have the urge for an alcholic drink I can control it and it is very rarely I have one or two halves of lager. Mainly I consume shandies.

I hope that the message of 'Alcohol Awareness' reaches County-Wide and that it will bring support to any persons who need this.
It is extremely positive to know alcohol related issues are being addressed within Pembrokeshire, it is something that after many years I formed a terrible habit, which had hold of me for thirty six years. Although I was not involved in any crime related activity whilst under the influence of alcohol I would not condone drinking excessively to anyone. I no longer have the urge for an alcholic drink I can control it and it is very rarely I have one or two halves of lager. Mainly I consume shandies. I hope that the message of 'Alcohol Awareness' reaches County-Wide and that it will bring support to any persons who need this. Yves14..
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5:42pm Sat 22 Feb 14

noTORYety says...

The tone of this report suggests that the focus is on the impact of alcohol on
crime and disorder. Lets hope that the scheme also addresses the woeful lack of support services in Permbrokeshire available for alcoholics who want to stop, as most do, In what other area of health would so little thought given to preventative measures? Also your report does not mention the less public impact that alcohol has on families, A report recently says that one London borough has 23,000 registered alcoholics. How many are there in our county? How are they being helped? If the excellent volunteers' skills of the Permbrokeshire Counselling Service has to rely on donations to survice, as you reported recently, then this is one indication of the poor level of support for this dreadful addiction.
The tone of this report suggests that the focus is on the impact of alcohol on crime and disorder. Lets hope that the scheme also addresses the woeful lack of support services in Permbrokeshire available for alcoholics who want to stop, as most do, In what other area of health would so little thought given to preventative measures? Also your report does not mention the less public impact that alcohol has on families, A report recently says that one London borough has 23,000 registered alcoholics. How many are there in our county? How are they being helped? If the excellent volunteers' skills of the Permbrokeshire Counselling Service has to rely on donations to survice, as you reported recently, then this is one indication of the poor level of support for this dreadful addiction. noTORYety
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5:51pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Yves14.. says...

The previous comment is very true and also it is right, the local services in Pembrokeshire to assist alcoholics is lacking. I have seen first hand the effect alcohol had on my own parents particularly during the 1970's, I see persons I know of, drinking copious amounts of whisky, some as young as 24 years old with the opinion that it isn't going to alter them, I can only say.

There has to be more education on the prevention of alcohol excess, for the individual may choose to be either a private or public participant, if there is nowhere for he/she to turn to because of lack of funding, what does that signify to them? it is not a good basis in trying to refrain from drinking.

This is problematic for the whole family units, if there are issues surrounding alcohol abuse support needs to be fully encompassed within those units, Because there shall and unfortunately always will be, the children of these families looking on, as I did to a road without an end.
The previous comment is very true and also it is right, the local services in Pembrokeshire to assist alcoholics is lacking. I have seen first hand the effect alcohol had on my own parents particularly during the 1970's, I see persons I know of, drinking copious amounts of whisky, some as young as 24 years old with the opinion that it isn't going to alter them, I can only say. There has to be more education on the prevention of alcohol excess, for the individual may choose to be either a private or public participant, if there is nowhere for he/she to turn to because of lack of funding, what does that signify to them? it is not a good basis in trying to refrain from drinking. This is problematic for the whole family units, if there are issues surrounding alcohol abuse support needs to be fully encompassed within those units, Because there shall and unfortunately always will be, the children of these families looking on, as I did to a road without an end. Yves14..
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