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It's Time To Talk About Drinking

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Article created on 19th November 2012

People in the Worcestershire are being asked to ''talk about drinking'', and for their views on what can be done to tackle alcohol-related problems throughout the county.

People in the Worcestershire are being asked to ''talk about drinking'', and for their views on what can be done to tackle alcohol-related problems throughout the county.

As part of National Alcohol Awareness Week, which takes place between 19 – 25 November, Worcestershire''s Health and Wellbeing Board, will be seeking thoughts, views and opinions from residents, community groups and professionals about alcohol, which it has identified as a priority area for action.

During a series of events, on the street and online, people will be encouraged to have their say throughout the week, where the theme is ‘it’s time to talk about drinking.’ People in Worcestershire can complete a short online survey at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/talkdrink

Results from the survey, and from other events, will be brought to the January 2013 meeting of Worcestershire''s Health and Wellbeing Board to help shape an action plan. Cllr Marcus Hart, Chairman of the Board and County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: "We''re very keen to listen to everyone''s views as part of working towards making safe drinking the norm. The Health and Wellbeing Board has identified alcohol as one of our four main priorities and we are keen to start making a difference. Alcohol is an area of concern for us as the health impact of drinking too much is so serious, with much wider effects too on the family and the community.

"We''d like to hear from as many people across the county as possible about who should do what to make safe drinking the norm in Worcestershire."

 Dr Richard Harling, Worcestershire County Council''s Director of Public Health, said: "We need to do all we can to get drinking to safe levels, and we want to hear from local people about their views on who should be doing what to make sensible drinking the norm. This is about what individuals, communities should be doing as well as the role of local Councils, the NHS, businesses and schools."

A recent report estimated that although around 60,000 people in the county do not drink at all, around 82,600 residents are at increased risk of damaging their health through drinking too much.  There are also concerns about under-age drinking as well as safety in town centres at night.

For more information visit the NHS Worcestershire Public Health web page or www.worcestershire.gov.uk/daat.

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