Police and Crime Commissioner urges people not to drink to excess over the festive period (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Police and Crime Commissioner urges people not to drink to excess over the festive period
11:21am Thursday 26th December 2013 in News
COUNTY Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner has urged people to think before they drink to excess over the festive period.
Ron Hogg highlighted the link between high alcohol use and domestic violence over Christmas and New Year and condemned the Government for failing to tackle the problem.
The Commissioner has made tackling the harm caused by drugs and alcohol, both to individuals and the wider community, one of his key priorities and has called for minimum pricing per unit for alcohol.
Mr Hogg teamed up with his counterparts in Cleveland and Northumbria – Barry Coppinger and Vera Baird – to write a public letter criticising the Government for its lack of action on a minimum pricing strategy.
Mr Hogg said: "Drinking cheap, high strength alcohol bought in supermarkets and consumed at home is recognised as a cause for concern and has encouraged high levels of intoxication while lowering the demand for alcohol in licensed premises.
On the link between alcohol and domestic violence, Mr Hogg said: "When people choose to drink at home there are fewer controls compared to in licensed premises.
The links nationally between alcohol consumption and domestic violence are well established and Durham Constabulary have undertaken a great deal of work in identifying at an early stage those at risk of offending.
"The festive season can be a great opportunity to relax, have fun and enjoy time with family and friends. “However, I urge people to be aware of their alcohol limits and look out for each other, particularly for those who may become vulnerable and are most at risk."
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