The UK Home Office launched a new project February 13, to tackle the harmful effects of excessive drinking.
Twenty areas across England and Wales are being set up as Local Alcohol Action Areas (LAAAs) to combat alcohol related crime and disorder and the damage caused to people’s health. In these areas, local agencies, including licensing authorities, health bodies and the police will come together with businesses and other organisations to address problems being caused by alcohol in their area.
Work in the local alcohol action areas will be focused on the key aims of reducing alcohol-related crime and disorder, and reducing the negative health impacts caused by alcohol. Underpinning both of these will be the goal of promoting diverse and vibrant nighttime economies. Each area has identified one or more of these aims. Areas include Blackpool, Croydon, Doncaster, Gloucester City, Greater Manchester, Hastings, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Newham, Nottinghamshire county, Swansea and Weston super Mare. Work in the LAAAs will also be focused on promoting diverse night time economies.
Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker said: “We have already given local areas the power to restrict the sale of alcohol in the early hours and ensure those who profit from a late night licence help pay towards the costs of policing.
The Local Alcohol Action Areas project I am launching today is another measure designed to tackle the problems caused by excessive alcohol use. In addition I am pressing the industry itself to take more responsibility for the problems that inappropriate use of their products cause”. 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. The LAAAs areas will be put in touch with mentor areas that have successfully tackled the same issues faced by alcohol action areas.