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Salford’s Alcohol Strategy 2008-2011. Background. Salford’s Drug and Alcohol Strategy 2005-8 Safe. Sensible. Social. : next steps in the national alcohol strategy (June 2007) National Indicator 39: Alcohol-related hospital admissions Salford has the 6 th highest rate in England

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Salford’s Alcohol Strategy 2008-2011


Background

  • Salford’s Drug and Alcohol Strategy 2005-8

  • Safe. Sensible. Social. : next steps in the national alcohol strategy (June 2007)

  • National Indicator 39: Alcohol-related hospital admissions

    • Salford has the 6th highest rate in England

      • 2,349 admissions per 100,000 (England average = 1,400)

      • 5,545 admissions per year

      • 10% increase 2005/6 to 2006/7 (England average = 8%)


AIM

  • To reduce the harm caused by alcohol, including harm associated with crime, health, the economy and family and social networks


Strategic Objectives

  • Ensure that those who drink alcohol in Salford are able to do so safely and responsibly

  • Reduce the impact of alcohol on ill health and life expectancy

  • Reduce alcohol related crime and anti-social behaviour

  • Reduce the harm caused to children and young people by alcohol use


Objective 1: Ensure that those who drink alcohol in Salford are able to do so safely and responsibly

Background

  • In England 35% of men and 20% women drink over daily recommended limits at least once a week

  • In Salford approximately 58,000 people drink over recommended limits

    • 40,400 hazardous drinkers

    • 13,200 harmful drinkers

    • 4,200 dependent drinkers

    • These figures also include 44,000 binge drinkers (26.4% of adult population)

  • Most people do not measure how much they drink

  • For every 8 people who received advice, 1 will reduce their drinking to within recommended limits


Consumption of alcohol in the UK (per person aged 15+) relative to its price: 1960 - 2002


Objective 1: Ensure that those who drink alcohol in Salford are able to do so safely and responsibly

Action plan

  • Social marketing

  • Provide alcohol screening and advice

  • Lobby Government to address the issues of alcohol pricing and promotion

  • Work with licensees to create safe drinking environments


Objective 2: Reduce the impact of alcohol on ill-health and life expectancy

Background

  • In Salford there are approximately 13,200 harmful drinkers and 4,200 dependent drinkers

  • Alcohol accounts for almost 10% of the disease burden in the UK. Surpassed only by tobacco and high blood pressure

  • 54% of women report drinking during pregnancy, with 8% drinking more than 2 units a week

  • In Salford the rate of incapacity benefit claims as a result of alcohol dependence is the 3rd highest in England

  • In the North West approximately 1 in 12 people with an alcohol dependence are able to access treatment


Objective 2: Reduce the impact of alcohol on ill-health and life expectancy

Action plan

  • Expand and improve alcohol treatment provision

  • Provide brief interventions to harmful drinkers

  • Increase capacity in specialist alcohol treatment services

  • Improve alcohol treatment monitoring

  • Extend provision of housing support for dependent drinkers

  • Increase access to supported employment and training for alcohol service users


Objective 3: Reduce alcohol related crime and anti-social behaviour

Background

  • Alcohol is believed to contribute to 50% of violent incidents

  • Some areas have introduced data sharing schemes between A&E and CDRPs. In Cardiff this has resulted in a 40% reduction in violent assaults

  • Criminal justice based alcohol interventions are well established in Salford


Objective 3: Reduce alcohol related crime and anti-social behaviour

Action plan

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of criminal justice alcohol interventions

  • Establish data collection systems in A&E to provide information about alcohol related assaults to the CDRP

  • Work with licensees to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour


Objective 4:Reduce the harm caused to children and young people by alcohol misuse

Background

  • Average weekly consumption of 15 year olds doubled between 1990 and 2000

  • Among 15 – 16 year olds 1 in 14 say that they have had unprotected sex after drinking

  • Regional surveys have highlighted street drinking and regular binge drinking as areas of particular concern for Salford

  • Support is in place to develop alcohol education in schools

  • There has been a large reduction in the percentage of premises selling alcohol to under age test purchasers

  • The majority of referrals to SMART are alcohol-related

  • Approximately 4,000 young people in Salford live with a parent who is a dependent drinker


Objective 4:Reduce the harm caused to children and young people by alcohol misuse

Action plan

  • Provide high quality alcohol education in schools and community settings

  • Provide alcohol education to parents

  • Provide attractive alternatives to drinking for young people

  • Provide accessible specialist support services for young drinkers

  • Continue to conduct intensive intelligence-based test purchasing operations

  • Develop specialist programmes for young people and parents in families affected by alcohol misuse


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