Wirral works together to tackle
alcohol related harm
phase of a programme to tackle alcohol related crime and health harms has been
launched last week.
This second phase of the Local Alcohol Action Areas (LAAA) programme sees 33 new
regions – including Wirral - coming on board. The programme initially launched
in February 2014 covering 20 areas.
The plan will see local agencies including licensing authorities, health bodies,
and police coming together with businesses to address problems caused by alcohol
in their local area.
The partnership will work with the Home Office and Public Health England to find
innovative ways to share, and make better use of, data and information so that
individuals with alcohol problems can be supported more effectively, and the
impact of alcohol on local communities and services reduced.
Cllr Janette Williamson, Wirral's Cabinet Member for Public Health said:-
"Wirral has more than 9,000 alcohol related hospital admissions each year; the
equivalent of a hospital ward every day. The wider impact of alcohol on our
families and communities is immense.
There is excellent work going on in Wirral to reduce the harms caused by
alcohol. Becoming a Local Alcohol Action Area will enable us to bring together
all of the many strands under one banner and collaborate on finding new ways of
tackling these problems using expert guidance."