Government’s response to the Alcohol Strategy Consultation

News item posted: 17 March 2017

In regards to the Government's response to the Alcohol Strategy Consultation, Selina Douglas, Managing Director for Substance Misuse Services at Turning Point said;

"Minimum alcohol pricing is an important element of the alcohol debate but we need to remember that fixing a minimum unit price alone is not enough to address the huge issue of alcohol misuse in this country.

What we need to do is invest in services that reach at risk individuals earlier, such as easy to access community support and placing more alcohol specialists in A&E departments to enable earlier identification of dependent drinkers and signposting to appropriate services and support.

As the Government recognises, there needs to be local action to tackle the needs of the local community. For example, Turning Point in East Kent is involved in an initiative with Dover City Council which involves working with local licensees to stop alcohol over 6.5% being sold to street drinkers. It is essential that everyone works together to promote responsible drinking and ensure that people who need support are able to reach it at the right time."