Turning Point responds to updated Alcohol Harm Map

News item posted: 15 October 2014

In response to Alcohol Concern's updated Alcohol Harm Map which shows that alcohol related admissions in England have reached almost 10 million, Selina Douglas, Turning Point's Managing Director for Substance Misuse services and offending said;

"These figures clearly show the devastating impact that alcohol misuse has on individuals and wider society as well as the huge cost to the NHS."

"It is vital that local areas innovate to address these issues. Turning Point works within a multi-disciplinary team in Sunderland Royal Hospital providing a range of interventions for people with alcohol related conditions and linking them to local community based services. In 2012 a six month evaluation showed that 57% of people who engaged in a one-off brief intervention did not return to A&E within 6 months with an alcohol related issue. Local Authorities and CCGs must continue to invest and work together to reduce the impact of alcohol misuse locally if we are to see real and sustained change in this area."