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Project tackles alcohol misuse in Doncaster

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LANS to introduce minimum alcohol pricing could stop the country's culture of drinking to excess and prevent town centres becoming no-go areas due to drunken louts, Home Secretary Theresa May said today.

The Government is planning to set a minimum price of 40p per unit of alcohol for England and Wales to clamp down on the problem, which costs the UK an estimated 21 billion a year.

Today's Alcohol Strategy will also see the sale of multi-buy discount deals banned, introduces a zero tolerance approach to drunken behaviour in A&E departments, suggests a late-night levy to get pubs and clubs to help pay for policing, and improves powers to stop serving alcohol to drunks.

Pictures:Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian University students at the Carnage pub crawl in York city centre LANS to introduce minimum alcohol pricing could stop the country's culture of drinking to excess and prevent town centres becoming no-go areas due to drunken louts, Home Secretary Theresa May said today. The Government is planning to set a minimum price of 40p per unit of alcohol for England and Wales to clamp down on the problem, which costs the UK an estimated 21 billion a year. Today's Alcohol Strategy will also see the sale of multi-buy discount deals banned, introduces a zero tolerance approach to drunken behaviour in A&E departments, suggests a late-night levy to get pubs and clubs to help pay for policing, and improves powers to stop serving alcohol to drunks.

Drink-fuelled crime, disorder and damage caused to health in Doncaster is to be tackled with the launch of a new government-led project.

Doncaster is one of 20 areas across England and Wales being set up as Local Alcohol Action Areas aimed at combating the harmful effects of excessive drinking.

Work in the LAAAs will also be focused on promoting diverse night-time economies.

Dr Tony Baxter, Doncaster Council director of public health, said: “Tackling alcohol-related health problems is one of five areas of focus in our health and wellbeing strategy.

“We are working to help people understand alcohol, its misuse and the importance of prevention.

“Through working closely with our partners and stakeholders, work is also being conducted on service provision, promotion and early identification, so we can help provide people with effective treatment and reduce the number of hospital admissions.”

Councillor Pat Knight, cabinet member for health and adult social care, and chair of the health and wellbeing board, said: “Doncaster Council and its partners are working together to tackle the issue of alcohol-related health problems. Becoming a Local Alcohol Action Area will support our ongoing work.”

Each action area will receive support and expertise from the Home Office, the Department of Health, the Welsh Government, Public Health England and Public Health Wales.

Alcohol-related harm is believed to cost central government around £21 billion a year.

 

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