Campaign to tackle the soaring cost of alcohol to district is launched next week

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A major campaign to reduce alcohol-related crime, health and social harms launches in Bradford next week.

The drive is part of national Alcohol Awareness Week which this year has the theme ‘It's time to talk about drinking'.

Latest figures show the total cost of alcohol-related treatment in Bradford in 2010/11 was £35 million, of which £6.7m was for A&E attendances and £7m in outpatients appointments, equating to £88 per adult.

In that period there were 108,190 alcohol-related admissions to hospital, compared to an average in the Yorkshire and Humber region of 72,821.

And there were 138 alcohol-related deaths, of which 101 men and 37 women in the disrict, compared to a regional average of 105. Of those deaths 60 were due to chronic liver disease (41 men and 19 women).

Further figures show that about 89,000 adults in the Bradford district do not drink alcohol however, more than 17,000 people are drinking at levels which could seriously harm their health. A further 75,000 people drink at levels which increases the risk of alcohol-related harm.

During the awareness week, which runs from November 19-25, Bradford Council will join forces with West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Trading Standards and health agencies to highlight alcohol-related problems and encourage residents to drink sensibly.

The Council and alcohol treatment and partner agencies will run special awareness raising sessions in colleges, schools, the University of Bradford and hospitals to encourage people to start talking about the health risks, social problems, stigmas and taboos associated with alcohol.

Council youth workers will tour the Bradford district in a special exhibition bus highlighting alcohol harms and encouraging young people to think carefully about the impact alcohol can have on them and others.

The Police will crack down on drink-fuelled crime with operations against drink driving and anti-social behaviour.

Off licenses will be targeted by Trading Standards and the Police in test purchasing operations in a bid to reduce underage alcohol sales.

Steve Hartley, a Bradford Council assistant director, who is responsible for neighbourhoods, said: “Drinking too much is having a devastating and wide reaching impact on society and we are working together with partners to prevent and tackle the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption. We are addressing the issue on all fronts, from prevention work in schools to law enforcement and rehabilitation.

Superintendent Vince Firth, of the Bradford District Community Safety Partnership, said: “Tackling drunkenness, anti-social behaviour and alcohol fuelled violence is a key priority for West Yorkshire Police.

“We also know without doubt that alcohol is linked to all types of violent crime and in partnership we are determined to tackle this issue across the district.”

“Our message is simple, if you enjoy a drink, don't overdo it. Know your limits and never get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you have had alcohol.”

The Chief Medical Officer's guidelines on lower-risk drinking recommend no more than three to four units daily for men and two to three for women. Two alcohol-

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10:17am Wed 14 Nov 12

collos25 says...

"The Police will crack down on drink-fuelled crime with operations against drink driving and anti-social behaviour."

And pigs might fly.
"The Police will crack down on drink-fuelled crime with operations against drink driving and anti-social behaviour." And pigs might fly. collos25
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10:20am Wed 14 Nov 12

ertnec says...

It's about time things were done to combat alcohol issues as its costing the country in many different millions. Problems with youth and drink is souring out of control no matter what people do and dealing with people with alcoholic is a joke. The courts need a kick in the backside to get tougher as the offer agencies especially the police are wasting money and time what could be better spent.
It's about time things were done to combat alcohol issues as its costing the country in many different millions. Problems with youth and drink is souring out of control no matter what people do and dealing with people with alcoholic is a joke. The courts need a kick in the backside to get tougher as the offer agencies especially the police are wasting money and time what could be better spent. ertnec
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10:48am Wed 14 Nov 12

The Legion says...

It easily sorted, make beer in pubs cheaper. That way your taking the issue off street corners, Landlords can not by law serve someone who is already drunk. The perfect self policing system..... thats probably why its been around for hundreds of years before Governments see it as another cash cow to match fuel and cars........ Or we keep making beer more expensive and that way the control will slip over to the drug dealers whos services will be cheaper and easier to access.
It easily sorted, make beer in pubs cheaper. That way your taking the issue off street corners, Landlords can not by law serve someone who is already drunk. The perfect self policing system..... thats probably why its been around for hundreds of years before Governments see it as another cash cow to match fuel and cars........ Or we keep making beer more expensive and that way the control will slip over to the drug dealers whos services will be cheaper and easier to access. The Legion
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10:49am Wed 14 Nov 12

Old Dave says...

Just reading the headline, I thought this was going to be a story about drinkers campaigning for cheaper drinks!

On reflection, just one thing to say; the government will only take action when the amount of spending by them on alcohol related issues is greater than the amount collected in taxes and alcohol duties. And they way the tax is going up, that will be never!
Just reading the headline, I thought this was going to be a story about drinkers campaigning for cheaper drinks! On reflection, just one thing to say; the government will only take action when the amount of spending by them on alcohol related issues is greater than the amount collected in taxes and alcohol duties. And they way the tax is going up, that will be never! Old Dave
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12:14pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Another Landless Peasant says...

The Government needs to provide more funding for specialist re-hab clinics where people with alcohol addictions can be treated. It will cost somewhere in the region of £20,000 per person.
The Government needs to provide more funding for specialist re-hab clinics where people with alcohol addictions can be treated. It will cost somewhere in the region of £20,000 per person. Another Landless Peasant
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12:41pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Andy2010 says...

Another Landless Peasant wrote:
The Government needs to provide more funding for specialist re-hab clinics where people with alcohol addictions can be treated. It will cost somewhere in the region of £20,000 per person.
£20k to treat someone who did this to themselves....no thanks

I'd rather supply them with a gallon of vodka and hoped they killed themselves
[quote][p][bold]Another Landless Peasant[/bold] wrote: The Government needs to provide more funding for specialist re-hab clinics where people with alcohol addictions can be treated. It will cost somewhere in the region of £20,000 per person.[/p][/quote]£20k to treat someone who did this to themselves....no thanks I'd rather supply them with a gallon of vodka and hoped they killed themselves Andy2010
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12:45pm Wed 14 Nov 12

bullsone03 says...

Get rid of cheap cider this would be a good start . 3 liters for les then 5 pound makes it a cheap night for kids binge drinkers and alcoholics .
Get rid of cheap cider this would be a good start . 3 liters for les then 5 pound makes it a cheap night for kids binge drinkers and alcoholics . bullsone03
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1:10pm Wed 14 Nov 12

yorkshiredude says...

I think reducing alcohol duty but only for pubs would be a start to support their role in the community would help. Having minimum pricing elsewhere to stop awful cheap cider - which I would think the main reason anyone bought that stuff is because of its alcohol to £ ratio would also help (Though mouthwash or hand sanitizer may be better!).
Better investment of treatment and rehab for alcoholics would also help too.

I can see none of this happen, bar the minimum pricing maybe, to act as another regressive tax!
I think reducing alcohol duty but only for pubs would be a start to support their role in the community would help. Having minimum pricing elsewhere to stop awful cheap cider - which I would think the main reason anyone bought that stuff is because of its alcohol to £ ratio would also help (Though mouthwash or hand sanitizer may be better!). Better investment of treatment and rehab for alcoholics would also help too. I can see none of this happen, bar the minimum pricing maybe, to act as another regressive tax! yorkshiredude
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2:35pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Another Landless Peasant says...

What about cancer sufferers, do you want them to kill themselves too Andy? Alcoholism is an illness that requires medical treatment. The manufacturers and retailers should help foot the bill as well as the taxpayer.
What about cancer sufferers, do you want them to kill themselves too Andy? Alcoholism is an illness that requires medical treatment. The manufacturers and retailers should help foot the bill as well as the taxpayer. Another Landless Peasant
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3:08pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Albion. says...

Another Landless Peasant wrote:
What about cancer sufferers, do you want them to kill themselves too Andy? Alcoholism is an illness that requires medical treatment. The manufacturers and retailers should help foot the bill as well as the taxpayer.
A good many of the people referred to here, aren't alcoholics, they are just caught in a social habit where to many people, drinking or rather over drinking is an accompaniment to other leisure pursuits.
[quote][p][bold]Another Landless Peasant[/bold] wrote: What about cancer sufferers, do you want them to kill themselves too Andy? Alcoholism is an illness that requires medical treatment. The manufacturers and retailers should help foot the bill as well as the taxpayer.[/p][/quote]A good many of the people referred to here, aren't alcoholics, they are just caught in a social habit where to many people, drinking or rather over drinking is an accompaniment to other leisure pursuits. Albion.
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5:05pm Wed 14 Nov 12

MontyLeMar says...

The Legion wrote:
It easily sorted, make beer in pubs cheaper. That way your taking the issue off street corners, Landlords can not by law serve someone who is already drunk. The perfect self policing system..... thats probably why its been around for hundreds of years before Governments see it as another cash cow to match fuel and cars........ Or we keep making beer more expensive and that way the control will slip over to the drug dealers whos services will be cheaper and easier to access.
Absolutely right. The supermarkets are the problem with alcohol at ridiculously low prices. Where is the government action there? Pubs are closing because people can't afford the drinks and it is a controlled, sociable - hopefully - drinking environment which can make a significant contribution to a local community. It's as if the government want people to buy from supermarkets and sit at home sinking into oblivion watching Corrie while destroying their liver drinking cheap cider. Government policy on this stinks of hypocrisy.
[quote][p][bold]The Legion[/bold] wrote: It easily sorted, make beer in pubs cheaper. That way your taking the issue off street corners, Landlords can not by law serve someone who is already drunk. The perfect self policing system..... thats probably why its been around for hundreds of years before Governments see it as another cash cow to match fuel and cars........ Or we keep making beer more expensive and that way the control will slip over to the drug dealers whos services will be cheaper and easier to access.[/p][/quote]Absolutely right. The supermarkets are the problem with alcohol at ridiculously low prices. Where is the government action there? Pubs are closing because people can't afford the drinks and it is a controlled, sociable - hopefully - drinking environment which can make a significant contribution to a local community. It's as if the government want people to buy from supermarkets and sit at home sinking into oblivion watching Corrie while destroying their liver drinking cheap cider. Government policy on this stinks of hypocrisy. MontyLeMar
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5:22pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Yorkshire Lass says...

Another Landless Peasant wrote:
What about cancer sufferers, do you want them to kill themselves too Andy? Alcoholism is an illness that requires medical treatment. The manufacturers and retailers should help foot the bill as well as the taxpayer.
Alcoholism is a self inflicted illness as with drug addition and food addiction. There are far too many people in this country who just expect the taxpayer to pay for their treatments. A bit of will power would not would help in these hard times. As anyone ever done a survey as to what people spend on getting themeslves in this state in the frist place. Now that would make interesting reading!
[quote][p][bold]Another Landless Peasant[/bold] wrote: What about cancer sufferers, do you want them to kill themselves too Andy? Alcoholism is an illness that requires medical treatment. The manufacturers and retailers should help foot the bill as well as the taxpayer.[/p][/quote]Alcoholism is a self inflicted illness as with drug addition and food addiction. There are far too many people in this country who just expect the taxpayer to pay for their treatments. A bit of will power would not would help in these hard times. As anyone ever done a survey as to what people spend on getting themeslves in this state in the frist place. Now that would make interesting reading! Yorkshire Lass
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6:05pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Another Landless Peasant says...

"Alcoholism is a self inflicted illness..."

No it's not, it is an illness you are born with.
"Alcoholism is a self inflicted illness..." No it's not, it is an illness you are born with. Another Landless Peasant
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6:16pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Albion. says...

Another Landless Peasant wrote:
"Alcoholism is a self inflicted illness..."

No it's not, it is an illness you are born with.
It is possible to build up dependency through excessive consumption though.
[quote][p][bold]Another Landless Peasant[/bold] wrote: "Alcoholism is a self inflicted illness..." No it's not, it is an illness you are born with.[/p][/quote]It is possible to build up dependency through excessive consumption though. Albion.
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7:16pm Wed 14 Nov 12

bobbyo says...

it,s time the T and A had a comment column on all articles, take the asylum seeking drink drivers 8 year sentence,for killing an aspiring young model in a motor vehicle crash, he will prob do 5/6 years out of that, he should have been given a proper long jail sentence, then at end of that, DEPORTED back to zimbabwe..
it,s time the T and A had a comment column on all articles, take the asylum seeking drink drivers 8 year sentence,for killing an aspiring young model in a motor vehicle crash, he will prob do 5/6 years out of that, he should have been given a proper long jail sentence, then at end of that, DEPORTED back to zimbabwe.. bobbyo
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8:46pm Wed 14 Nov 12

mr-dog says...

About time too - beer is far too expensive nowadays ;-)
About time too - beer is far too expensive nowadays ;-) mr-dog
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9:17pm Wed 14 Nov 12

lazybeat says...

8 yrs for killing someone while drunk. How cheap life has become.
8 yrs for killing someone while drunk. How cheap life has become. lazybeat
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9:19pm Wed 14 Nov 12

MontyLeMar says...

mr-dog wrote:
About time too - beer is far too expensive nowadays ;-)
I think you'll find the idiots are going to put the price up even more in pubs but leave the supermarkets alone to sell their cut-price hooch to the real problem drinkers who end up in the hospital wards.
[quote][p][bold]mr-dog[/bold] wrote: About time too - beer is far too expensive nowadays ;-)[/p][/quote]I think you'll find the idiots are going to put the price up even more in pubs but leave the supermarkets alone to sell their cut-price hooch to the real problem drinkers who end up in the hospital wards. MontyLeMar
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