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Board to discuss the dangers of drinking
1:14pm Monday 9th September 2013 in News
MEMBERS of a multi-agency group designed to oversee public health in Darlington will consider a report on the impact of alcohol in the borough at a meeting this week.
Miriam Davidson, director of public health for Darlington has prepared a report for the health and well-being board.
Among the report’s aims is to update board members on the cost of alcohol in Darlington and give an overview of strategies in place to reduce harm from alcohol.
Members of the board include councillors and council officers, NHS officials and clinicians and voluntary sector representatives.
The report notes that alcohol-specific deaths for men have increased in Darlington, with alcohol-related hospital admissions higher than the average for England.
It states: “Alcohol is cheap. It continues to be sold at ‘pocket money prices’, e.g. it is possible to buy two litres of strong cider for £1.85.
“It is increasingly available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is sold in supermarkets, off-licences and petrol stations.
“The North-East also has one of the highest density levels of off-licence premises.
“A package of measures is required to address alcohol harm, including education, regulating availability and increasing the price of alcohol.”
Members are being asked to note the contents of the report and reflect on their organisation’s responsibilities in this area.
The report also makes reference to the Dry January challenge, issued by charity Alcohol Concern, which encourages participants to make a booze-free start to the year.
The board meets on Tuesday (September 10), at Darlington town hall, at 3.30pm.
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