Strategy to combat alcohol misuse across the county

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A strategy to combat the misuse of alcohol across Suffolk is to be developed.

The Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board will oversee the plan to deal with ‘problematic alcohol use’ and its effects on individuals, families and the community.

In a report to be presented to the board on Thursday June 13, Simon Aalders, drug and alcohol action team co-ordinator for Public Health Suffolk, said: “In Suffolk there is no current comprehensive alcohol strategy which is based on need and evidence and which includes prevention and early prevention.

“There is also no central resource to record current schemes, complete impact assessments and evaluations and to act as an evidence base on which to make commissioning decisions.”

He added that the strategy will carry a ‘clear, unambiguous and ambitious aim to reduce the misuse of alcohol within Suffolk and the resultant consequences in relation to health, crime and business impact’.

The development will involve the Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Suffolk Police, licensing, community safety teams and Trading Standards.

A final draft of the strategy will be prepared in October to be presented to the Health and Wellbeing Board in November/December.