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:
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.
- £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