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Alcohol abuse is costing more than £100 million a year

The Argus: Alcohol abuse is costing more than £100 million a year Alcohol abuse is costing more than £100 million a year

ALCOHOL abuse is costing Brighton and Hove more than £100 million a year, a report has found.

The study into the impact of excessive drinking in the city showed the cost of tackling alcohol-related crime, including antisocial behaviour, as well as dealing with the effects of binge drinking on health and wellbeing, cost £107 million a year.

The figure is almost a third of the total amount alcohol contributes to the local economy.

The city has had high levels of alcohol-related health problems for years according to Brighton and Hove City Council.

New figures are expected to show alcohol disorder has fallen by 10% in the past year.

Green councillor Steph Powell, chairman of the council’s licensing committee, said: “Cheap booze continues to have a huge impact upon policing, health and the local economy.

“We’ve called for an end to the cosy relationship between the Government and drinks manufacturers – as well as for a minimum price of alcohol to help encourage responsible drinking in our community pubs – who are suffering the effects of supermarkets undercutting their prices.

“In the meantime we’re working to build better relationships with local shops and cars, particularly around alcohol strength and preventing under-age sales.”

Alcohol abuse has many causes, according to the Community Alcohol Team at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, including genetics, physiological, psychological and social factors.

Brighton and Hove City Council’s director of public health Tom Scanlon said the council has improved education and treatment services to tackle the problem and has also been working with bars and supermarkets on solutions.

He said: “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.”

Conservative councillor Dee Simson said: “In my view the key to getting to grips with this problem is to tackle pre-loading of alcohol, where people are able to buy cheap, high strength alcohol from their local shop which they consume before going out on the town.

“We have had some success with this through imposing licensing restrictions and turning down some applications, but as a council we are limited in what we can do.”

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8:36am Sun 8 Jun 14

Can this be says...

Perhaps Green Councillor Steph Powell might like to review the new licences her committee has approved in recent years. She might like to start with the Shell Petrol Garage in Preston Village. Other outlets nearby and it is a petrol garage?

She can't just blame the government. She must not forget that the Greens have cosy relationships as well.
Perhaps Green Councillor Steph Powell might like to review the new licences her committee has approved in recent years. She might like to start with the Shell Petrol Garage in Preston Village. Other outlets nearby and it is a petrol garage? She can't just blame the government. She must not forget that the Greens have cosy relationships as well. Can this be
  • Score: 8

9:08am Sun 8 Jun 14

clubrob6 says...

Most of this is fuelled by the cheap booze in supermarkets and the 24 hr corner shops.The nightlife for instance does not let people take alcohol away from there establishments so the mess is down to the supermarkets/24 hr shops.As for alcohol related violence its not down 10% its just that we have fewer police on duty to record it but it looks good for the government to justify even more cuts.I hope no more charges are put towards the nightlife they play the game have security ETC its the supermarkets and 24 hr corner shops that need to chip in.
Most of this is fuelled by the cheap booze in supermarkets and the 24 hr corner shops.The nightlife for instance does not let people take alcohol away from there establishments so the mess is down to the supermarkets/24 hr shops.As for alcohol related violence its not down 10% its just that we have fewer police on duty to record it but it looks good for the government to justify even more cuts.I hope no more charges are put towards the nightlife they play the game have security ETC its the supermarkets and 24 hr corner shops that need to chip in. clubrob6
  • Score: 10

9:36am Sun 8 Jun 14

Morpheus says...

Can this be wrote:
Perhaps Green Councillor Steph Powell might like to review the new licences her committee has approved in recent years. She might like to start with the Shell Petrol Garage in Preston Village. Other outlets nearby and it is a petrol garage?

She can't just blame the government. She must not forget that the Greens have cosy relationships as well.
A similar situation occurred in my area. The council just ignored local views.
[quote][p][bold]Can this be[/bold] wrote: Perhaps Green Councillor Steph Powell might like to review the new licences her committee has approved in recent years. She might like to start with the Shell Petrol Garage in Preston Village. Other outlets nearby and it is a petrol garage? She can't just blame the government. She must not forget that the Greens have cosy relationships as well.[/p][/quote]A similar situation occurred in my area. The council just ignored local views. Morpheus
  • Score: 7

9:52am Sun 8 Jun 14

clubrob6 says...

Can this be wrote:
Perhaps Green Councillor Steph Powell might like to review the new licences her committee has approved in recent years. She might like to start with the Shell Petrol Garage in Preston Village. Other outlets nearby and it is a petrol garage?

She can't just blame the government. She must not forget that the Greens have cosy relationships as well.
Agree I don't think the problem lies with managed pubs and clubs that don't allow alcohol to be taken away and take care of security if open late.The proble is the Large supermarkets with cheap booze,and the 24 hr shops/garages selling booze.This fuels extra drinking and is the cause of the latenight mess on the beach and the violence that follows.
[quote][p][bold]Can this be[/bold] wrote: Perhaps Green Councillor Steph Powell might like to review the new licences her committee has approved in recent years. She might like to start with the Shell Petrol Garage in Preston Village. Other outlets nearby and it is a petrol garage? She can't just blame the government. She must not forget that the Greens have cosy relationships as well.[/p][/quote]Agree I don't think the problem lies with managed pubs and clubs that don't allow alcohol to be taken away and take care of security if open late.The proble is the Large supermarkets with cheap booze,and the 24 hr shops/garages selling booze.This fuels extra drinking and is the cause of the latenight mess on the beach and the violence that follows. clubrob6
  • Score: 6

9:57am Sun 8 Jun 14

Max Ripple says...

This is exactly what all experienced pub licensees said would happen when the licensing laws changes in 2007 when it became easier to get a licence for off-sales of alcohol. Cheap booze being available in all sorts of shops. Lewes Road has a phenomenal number of alcohol outlets and now Tescos are trying to get another licence for the ex-furniture shop next door to Fox and Sons at the bottom of Elm Grove! They want to open a Tescos Express there and of course see an alcohol licence as an integral part of that. Especially with the vast number of students in the vicinity who pre-load on cheap booze before going out to clubs.
Unfortunately I can see the council just waving the licence through. I'm not a campaigner but if there were someone out there who fancies taking this one on...........
Cheers
This is exactly what all experienced pub licensees said would happen when the licensing laws changes in 2007 when it became easier to get a licence for off-sales of alcohol. Cheap booze being available in all sorts of shops. Lewes Road has a phenomenal number of alcohol outlets and now Tescos are trying to get another licence for the ex-furniture shop next door to Fox and Sons at the bottom of Elm Grove! They want to open a Tescos Express there and of course see an alcohol licence as an integral part of that. Especially with the vast number of students in the vicinity who pre-load on cheap booze before going out to clubs. Unfortunately I can see the council just waving the licence through. I'm not a campaigner but if there were someone out there who fancies taking this one on........... Cheers Max Ripple
  • Score: 7

10:24am Sun 8 Jun 14

rolivan says...

Perhaps the Council could ask some recovering Alcoholics at AA for some advice . They have far more experience surely.
Perhaps the Council could ask some recovering Alcoholics at AA for some advice . They have far more experience surely. rolivan
  • Score: 3

10:48am Sun 8 Jun 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

How much does the council cost to run?

People are driven to alcoholism by the poor conditions we live in, are paid peanuts for the rich companies we work for, it's a farce.

Get the labour, cons, libs, ukip out - vote for independents to remove this situation. We the people need to take back our country and get it out of the hands of the 1% elite once and for all.

Use your vote wisely.
How much does the council cost to run? People are driven to alcoholism by the poor conditions we live in, are paid peanuts for the rich companies we work for, it's a farce. Get the labour, cons, libs, ukip out - vote for independents to remove this situation. We the people need to take back our country and get it out of the hands of the 1% elite once and for all. Use your vote wisely. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -3

12:46pm Sun 8 Jun 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

More cobblers. Naive pseudo-economics.
The headline could equally read "police and health services benefit from additional £110 million funding for not really having to do very much".

There simply isn't enough openness and truth about these issues from the government and health services. The public health bods are paid to spout about smoking and sprouts etc...but perhaps they need to show a bit of joined-up thinking:- living longer does not result in a longer youth...it just results in more of the tedious old age.
The pensions and debt burden means many generations to come will have no way of supporting themselves in old age but will instead be paying forever to cover the sumptuous pensions of those currently lecturing them about healthy living. Baby boomers really do need to have their pensions vanish...then we'll see how quickly the hit the booze and smokes.
More cobblers. Naive pseudo-economics. The headline could equally read "police and health services benefit from additional £110 million funding for not really having to do very much". There simply isn't enough openness and truth about these issues from the government and health services. The public health bods are paid to spout about smoking and sprouts etc...but perhaps they need to show a bit of joined-up thinking:- living longer does not result in a longer youth...it just results in more of the tedious old age. The pensions and debt burden means many generations to come will have no way of supporting themselves in old age but will instead be paying forever to cover the sumptuous pensions of those currently lecturing them about healthy living. Baby boomers really do need to have their pensions vanish...then we'll see how quickly the hit the booze and smokes. From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: 2

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