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Alcohol costs town £75m a year


ALCOHOL-related problems in Warrington are costing the town £75 million a year – or £376 for each resident.
This is the conclusion of new research published by North West Employers and Drink Wise North West on behalf of councils in the region.
The Warrington Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) is set to continue to tackle this problem with the launch of a new three year alcohol strategy, which will result in a range of partners working together to reduce the levels of alcohol related harm.
The local Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy, to be published next month, will focus on reducing harm to health caused by alcohol misuse and changing attitudes to alcohol through early intervention and prevention.
The strategy also supports moves to reduce the availability of cheap alcohol, binge drinking and introducing minimum unit prices.
Cllr Pat Wright (pictured), the borough council’s executive member for health and well-being said: “As we drink more as a society, so the problems associated with alcohol rise.
“This not only affects individuals and their families, it is also putting an unsustainable burden on our public services and the economy.
“The DAAT continues to tackle this sort of issue within society head on and this strategy will play a key role in reducing the impact of alcohol misuse on our communities.”


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  1. Whilst I agree with the ‘burden on public services’ doesn’t the revenue from alcohol sales help the economy rather than hinder it?

    Leaving the drunks in the gutter would help to relieve the burden on the services.

  2. Trouble is drunks won’t stay in the gutter, and by one way or another some of them or their victims – judging by newspaper reports – end up in the local A & E’s. So although alcohol sales, like those of tobacco, might be said to help rather than the local economy, both put enormous and unnecessary strains on our already over stretched health resources.

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