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City much ‘plagued by drunkenness’ says Lord

The Argus: City much ‘plagued by drunkenness’ says Lord City much ‘plagued by drunkenness’ says Lord

A LORD has described Brighton and Hove as a city “plagued by drunkenness”.

Clive Brooke, Baron Brooke of Alverthorpe, West Yorkshire, said the city was full of drug and alcohol problems. Lord Brooke, who has a residence in Brighton, said the city’s accident and emergency rooms spend the weekends overwhelmed due to the amount of drinkers.

He made the comments while discussing Duncan Selbie, the Government’s chief executive officer for Public Health England, during the third day of the House of Lords Queen’s Speech debates.

Lord Brooke said: “Mr Selbie was formerly the chief medical officer for Brighton and Hove, a city much plagued at weekends by drunkenness.

“Its major hospital’s A&E department can be inundated and sometimes almost overwhelmed from Thursdays to Sundays by people suffering from alcohol or substance misuse.

“Therefore, he knows from personal experience what he is talking about.”

Brighton and Hove City Council have disregarded the claims – saying council initiatives are tackling drug and drink related issues.

Tom Scanlon, director of public health at the council, said: “In Brighton and Hove we have had high alcohol and substance misuse related health problems for many years, affecting not just young people, but all generations.”

He added: “For the last two years we have seen a fall in alcohol related hospital admissions, and a drop in alcohol use by teenagers.

“This is good news for the city and encouraging for all of us engaged in what is a difficult area – a key part of our local economy and a significant public health challenge.

“On top of this in recent years the numbers of drug related deaths has fallen which helped the city relinquish the unwanted title of drugs death capital of the UK. At the same time drug users are turning their lives around through support provided across the city.”

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8:20am Wed 18 Jun 14

BURIRAM says...

What Rubbish, the city is full of drunks just go out on a Friday or Saturday night after 11.30 in north street or west street and it will be hard to pick out the ones that are sober.
What Rubbish, the city is full of drunks just go out on a Friday or Saturday night after 11.30 in north street or west street and it will be hard to pick out the ones that are sober. BURIRAM
  • Score: 33

8:34am Wed 18 Jun 14

RAS Putin says...

BURIRAM wrote:
What Rubbish, the city is full of drunks just go out on a Friday or Saturday night after 11.30 in north street or west street and it will be hard to pick out the ones that are sober.
Yes: but are they tourists or locals?
[quote][p][bold]BURIRAM[/bold] wrote: What Rubbish, the city is full of drunks just go out on a Friday or Saturday night after 11.30 in north street or west street and it will be hard to pick out the ones that are sober.[/p][/quote]Yes: but are they tourists or locals? RAS Putin
  • Score: 7

9:32am Wed 18 Jun 14

Andy R says...

"A city much plagued by drunkenness"......sa
ys the man whose workplace has a dozen subsidised bars.......
"A city much plagued by drunkenness"......sa ys the man whose workplace has a dozen subsidised bars....... Andy R
  • Score: 19

10:58am Wed 18 Jun 14

s&k says...

He's right - just look at the increases in violent crime etc in the city centre over the last 10 years since the city started to market itself as a 'party town'. I don't know any locals who would go into Brighton on a Thurs/Fri/Sat evening. Pubs and clubs don't care cos they're making a fortune but who's picking up the pieces? The police. The NHS. And what exactly are the council doing about it as they seem more than happy to grant/extend licences to sell alcohol.
He's right - just look at the increases in violent crime etc in the city centre over the last 10 years since the city started to market itself as a 'party town'. I don't know any locals who would go into Brighton on a Thurs/Fri/Sat evening. Pubs and clubs don't care cos they're making a fortune but who's picking up the pieces? The police. The NHS. And what exactly are the council doing about it as they seem more than happy to grant/extend licences to sell alcohol. s&k
  • Score: 17

3:27pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Bill in Hanover says...

RAS Putin wrote:
BURIRAM wrote:
What Rubbish, the city is full of drunks just go out on a Friday or Saturday night after 11.30 in north street or west street and it will be hard to pick out the ones that are sober.
Yes: but are they tourists or locals?
They are drunks!
[quote][p][bold]RAS Putin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BURIRAM[/bold] wrote: What Rubbish, the city is full of drunks just go out on a Friday or Saturday night after 11.30 in north street or west street and it will be hard to pick out the ones that are sober.[/p][/quote]Yes: but are they tourists or locals?[/p][/quote]They are drunks! Bill in Hanover
  • Score: 1

5:22pm Wed 18 Jun 14

wippasnapper says...

RAS Putin wrote:
BURIRAM wrote:
What Rubbish, the city is full of drunks just go out on a Friday or Saturday night after 11.30 in north street or west street and it will be hard to pick out the ones that are sober.
Yes: but are they tourists or locals?
More locals than tourists I would say, I live next to the Hikers Rest in Coldean and there ate no tourists hear just your locals drunk as skunks shouting there moths off as they leave the pub and some getting into cars.
[quote][p][bold]RAS Putin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BURIRAM[/bold] wrote: What Rubbish, the city is full of drunks just go out on a Friday or Saturday night after 11.30 in north street or west street and it will be hard to pick out the ones that are sober.[/p][/quote]Yes: but are they tourists or locals?[/p][/quote]More locals than tourists I would say, I live next to the Hikers Rest in Coldean and there ate no tourists hear just your locals drunk as skunks shouting there moths off as they leave the pub and some getting into cars. wippasnapper
  • Score: 3

5:35pm Wed 18 Jun 14

wippasnapper says...

B&H has been a drink and drug problem for many years thankfully I dote dear to go into town after 9pm of an evening its bad anoth during the day with the local alcoholics grouping in and around the level and St Peters Church freely drinking without ever being challenged or stopped by the police and seeing’s thieve updated the level with a new children’s park I find it odd a alcohol ban is not in place in and around the level but there you go this council dote want to ban anyone from enjoying themselves.
B&H has been a drink and drug problem for many years thankfully I dote dear to go into town after 9pm of an evening its bad anoth during the day with the local alcoholics grouping in and around the level and St Peters Church freely drinking without ever being challenged or stopped by the police and seeing’s thieve updated the level with a new children’s park I find it odd a alcohol ban is not in place in and around the level but there you go this council dote want to ban anyone from enjoying themselves. wippasnapper
  • Score: 2

6:47pm Wed 18 Jun 14

jackthekipper says...

its become a shithole and no mistake,its what 'city status' does to towns.fills them up with people from all over and changes the character completely.its a dangerous place at night and no mistake,foreign drug gangs,drunken revellers, a dodgy mix of europes finest and stag and hen nighters,i am genuinely surprised theres not more deaths here
its become a shithole and no mistake,its what 'city status' does to towns.fills them up with people from all over and changes the character completely.its a dangerous place at night and no mistake,foreign drug gangs,drunken revellers, a dodgy mix of europes finest and stag and hen nighters,i am genuinely surprised theres not more deaths here jackthekipper
  • Score: 9

7:27pm Wed 18 Jun 14

MrHove says...

Ok, so lets take the bars and clubs away and replace them with....
Whilst some of the comments above are probably true i've been going out in brighton and hove for the last 5 years and have never come accross trouble - that said I never go to west street.
Also, whilst i'm sure a lot of these bars and clubs do make a tidy sum they also employee a lot of people between them.

One thing I love about Brighton is how diverse it is and personally I believe the different range of bars, pubs and restaurants adds to the diversity.
m
Ok, so lets take the bars and clubs away and replace them with.... Whilst some of the comments above are probably true i've been going out in brighton and hove for the last 5 years and have never come accross trouble - that said I never go to west street. Also, whilst i'm sure a lot of these bars and clubs do make a tidy sum they also employee a lot of people between them. One thing I love about Brighton is how diverse it is and personally I believe the different range of bars, pubs and restaurants adds to the diversity. m MrHove
  • Score: -5

7:42pm Wed 18 Jun 14

KarenT says...

Put up a giant wall between Brighton centre and Moulsecoomb to the north, Whitehawk to the east, and Hangleton to the west... problem solved.
Put up a giant wall between Brighton centre and Moulsecoomb to the north, Whitehawk to the east, and Hangleton to the west... problem solved. KarenT
  • Score: -1

10:31pm Wed 18 Jun 14

HJarrs says...

Drink and drugs cause many to go to A&Es all over the country on a weekend. Given the influx of people coming to the city for a big night out, it would be surprising if the city's A&E was not right up there in terms of the inebriated being admitted.

However, I take issue with those that think the city is getting worse or is to be avoided at all costs. Violent incidents are not as frequent in the paper as they once were (trouble on the Level was forever in the Argus). I have been out on the weekend many times recently without trouble and without seeing any trouble and any trouble is generally confined to a few streets, the rest of the city centre is pretty peaceful.
Drink and drugs cause many to go to A&Es all over the country on a weekend. Given the influx of people coming to the city for a big night out, it would be surprising if the city's A&E was not right up there in terms of the inebriated being admitted. However, I take issue with those that think the city is getting worse or is to be avoided at all costs. Violent incidents are not as frequent in the paper as they once were (trouble on the Level was forever in the Argus). I have been out on the weekend many times recently without trouble and without seeing any trouble and any trouble is generally confined to a few streets, the rest of the city centre is pretty peaceful. HJarrs
  • Score: -15

3:22am Thu 19 Jun 14

Alison Smith says...

Kitcat's plans to make the parks available for visitors to the City should start with Queens Park.
Kitcat's plans to make the parks available for visitors to the City should start with Queens Park. Alison Smith
  • Score: 0

2:51pm Thu 19 Jun 14

firemanste says...

we will always have this problem of drinking in the city and urinating wherever they want as when drunk they dont care.street pastors make sure some of the drunks get home safely in a taxi and the police have a hard job keeping the place fight free.thats the tourism side of brighton.the pub,clubs,hen and stag organisors should and could donate more money to at least keep the city smelling nice. then we have the day drinkers who are unemployed, drug addicted,alcoholics that embarass this great city by blighting it up by begging usualy with a dog that peoples sympathys are played on
we will always have this problem of drinking in the city and urinating wherever they want as when drunk they dont care.street pastors make sure some of the drunks get home safely in a taxi and the police have a hard job keeping the place fight free.thats the tourism side of brighton.the pub,clubs,hen and stag organisors should and could donate more money to at least keep the city smelling nice. then we have the day drinkers who are unemployed, drug addicted,alcoholics that embarass this great city by blighting it up by begging usualy with a dog that peoples sympathys are played on firemanste
  • Score: 1

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