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Alcohol abuse costing Greater Manchester £1.2bn a year

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Health and also in Communities, Finance, Local Government

Alcohol abuse costing Greater Manchester 1.2bn a year Alcohol abuse costing Greater Manchester 1.2bn a year

The effects of excessive alcohol consumption are costing Greater Manchester £1.2 billion a year, a new report has revealed.

The costs equate to £436 per person in the region.

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority's (GMCA) report says a region-wide alcohol strategy is needed to address the problem.

Such a strategy would involve a commitment from all 10 councils - as well as the police and health services - to work together to tackle the causes and effects of alcohol abuse.

The report recommends the following:

• Ensuring licensing powers are more effective and used consistently.
• Putting the right services in place to protect victims of domestic abuse.
• Supporting public health activity to reduce the levels of drinking across the whole local population with a focus on education.

The GMCA's strategy will be put before local councillors at the next week's meeting of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities.

If it is approved, it would be the first time in the UK such a large number of public bodies have united to launch an alcohol strategy.

Mike Connolly, Bury Council leader, said: “The impact of alcohol abuse is everybody’s business. It impacts on the health and wellbeing of our residents, the safety of our communities and the future success of our town centres and their night-time economies. It’s essential we team up, roll up our sleeves to tackle this scourge on society together."

Assistant chief constable Garry Shewan, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “Alcohol-related crime and disorder is a consistent challenge for the police and our partners in Greater Manchester. Our selection as one of the 20 Local Alcohol Action Areas helps us to highlight the challenges and difficulties we face, which enables us to design new solutions to an old but persistent problem."

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