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Government crackdown on binge drinking

Government crackdown on excessive drinking Photo: ITV

The Government has devised a new strategy in the bid to clamp down on drink-fuelled violence and the binge-drinking culture that fuels it.

The new Alcohol Strategy sets out a radical approach against irresponsible drinking, which costs the country £21 billion every year.Last year, there were almost one million reported cases of alcohol-related violence and 1.2 million alcohol-related hospital admissions.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

My message is simple. We can't go on like this. We have to tackle the scourge of violence caused by binge drinking. And we have to do it now

– David Cameron, Prime Minister

Chief Constable Jon Stoddart, from Durham Police, is a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers. He said: “Week in week out in town centres across the country the police have to deal with the consequences of cheap alcohol and irresponsible drinking.

“I welcome the Government’s new approach that will help reduce the availability of cheap alcohol, give communities a greater say over licensing in their area and reduce pressure on the police.”

– Chief Constable Jon Stoddart, Durham Police

Regional Facts

  • £1.3 bn annual cost of alcohol misuse in the region
  • 49% of men in the North East drink too much
  • 1 in 5 North East drinkers 'binge' drink on a regular basis
  • 1/3 women in the region are drinking too much

Source: Balance North East

Highlights of the Government Alcohol Strategy: Choice, Challenge and Responsibility_ include:

  • A minimum unit price for alcohol - proposed 40p per unit
  • Banning the sale of multi-buy discount deals
  • Zero tolerance of drunken behaviour in A&E departments
  • A late night levy to get pubs and clubs helping to pay for policing
  • Improved powers to stop serving alcohol to drunks