Southend to get help to combat booze problems

Southend to get help to combat booze problems

Southend to get help to combat booze problems

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A HOSPITAL consultant has welcomed Southend being declared an Alcohol Action Area, but says tougher action is needed.

Dr Gary Bray, consultant gastroenterologist and hepatologist at Southend Hospital, spoke after it was announced the borough was to be one of 20 areas where newmeasures are to be introduced.

These include fighting drinkfuelled crime and disorder and the damage caused to people’s health.

He said: “As someone who sees a lot of liver disease and other alcohol related problems caused by rising alcoholism and consumption of cheap drinks, I find it very concerning.

“Being able to stay in a club, drinking until 4am, must fuel violence and problems.

“I welcome any action which gives local authorities more control.

“I think, however, that expecting big drinks companies to act responsibly is very unlikely, especially as they lobby so consistently in Parliament.

“If the Government was serious about alcohol reduction, it would introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol, which has been shown to reduce alcohol related deaths in Canada.”

Details on exactly what will be done in each area are still to be finalised.

The Government says authorities in each area will receive support from the Home Office, the Department of Health and Public Health England.

Tony Cox, Southend councillor responsible for public protection said: “Building on our success in securing the Purple Flag award for our safe night-time economy, we’re looking forward to developing new partnerships in order to address alcohol problems in Southend.”

The most recent figures of teenagers treated for binge drinking illnesses at Southend Hospital show they are falling.

In 2010, the number of under-18s treated as inpatients at the hospital was 18. This figure fell to 11 in 2011, and to ten in 2012.

Up to the end of June last year, just three children were seen at the hospital for alcohol-related illnesses.

It does not include the number of young people admitted through A&E who aren’t treated as inpatients.

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11:03am Tue 4 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

All the while supermarkets can knock out three slabs of booze for twenty one quid as a loss keader there will be boozing related problems by the bucketload.

I would hazard a guess that when this wasnt the case and that for the most part if you wanted to buy alcohol for home consumption (or sitting on a park bench somewhere getting hammered if that was your preference) you had to go to an off licence the amount of booze related health cases was lower.
All the while supermarkets can knock out three slabs of booze for twenty one quid as a loss keader there will be boozing related problems by the bucketload. I would hazard a guess that when this wasnt the case and that for the most part if you wanted to buy alcohol for home consumption (or sitting on a park bench somewhere getting hammered if that was your preference) you had to go to an off licence the amount of booze related health cases was lower. Howard Cháse
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11:44am Tue 4 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

You can thank Labour's laws on pub opening times for the rise in booze related offences and alcoholism.
You can thank Labour's laws on pub opening times for the rise in booze related offences and alcoholism. Kim Gandy
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12:35pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Happy Chickie says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
You can thank Labour's laws on pub opening times for the rise in booze related offences and alcoholism.
No I think you will find it is not the governments fault, but people's own fault.
People need to learn to act responsibly without always pointing fingers at everyone but themselves.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: You can thank Labour's laws on pub opening times for the rise in booze related offences and alcoholism.[/p][/quote]No I think you will find it is not the governments fault, but people's own fault. People need to learn to act responsibly without always pointing fingers at everyone but themselves. Happy Chickie
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12:39pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Nebs says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
You can thank Labour's laws on pub opening times for the rise in booze related offences and alcoholism.
The same could be said for the roulette machines in betting shops.

The tories have had plenty of time to change the rules, and have done nothing. The police have decided not to charge people with being drunk and disorderly, preferring to call them a taxi and send them home. Thats probably because any that do find their way to a magistrates court are invariably let off.

A night in the cells and a £100 fine would put a dent in the figures a lot quicker than sending them home with the knowledge that they can do the same again next week with no comebacks.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: You can thank Labour's laws on pub opening times for the rise in booze related offences and alcoholism.[/p][/quote]The same could be said for the roulette machines in betting shops. The tories have had plenty of time to change the rules, and have done nothing. The police have decided not to charge people with being drunk and disorderly, preferring to call them a taxi and send them home. Thats probably because any that do find their way to a magistrates court are invariably let off. A night in the cells and a £100 fine would put a dent in the figures a lot quicker than sending them home with the knowledge that they can do the same again next week with no comebacks. Nebs
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4:39pm Tue 4 Mar 14

John Bull 40 says...

Nebs wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
You can thank Labour's laws on pub opening times for the rise in booze related offences and alcoholism.
The same could be said for the roulette machines in betting shops.

The tories have had plenty of time to change the rules, and have done nothing. The police have decided not to charge people with being drunk and disorderly, preferring to call them a taxi and send them home. Thats probably because any that do find their way to a magistrates court are invariably let off.

A night in the cells and a £100 fine would put a dent in the figures a lot quicker than sending them home with the knowledge that they can do the same again next week with no comebacks.
I raise my glass to you sir.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: You can thank Labour's laws on pub opening times for the rise in booze related offences and alcoholism.[/p][/quote]The same could be said for the roulette machines in betting shops. The tories have had plenty of time to change the rules, and have done nothing. The police have decided not to charge people with being drunk and disorderly, preferring to call them a taxi and send them home. Thats probably because any that do find their way to a magistrates court are invariably let off. A night in the cells and a £100 fine would put a dent in the figures a lot quicker than sending them home with the knowledge that they can do the same again next week with no comebacks.[/p][/quote]I raise my glass to you sir. John Bull 40
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