Leading figures from the criminal justice sector and health today (July 1) took part in a high- profile conference aimed at examining the causes of alcohol misuse to identify more effective solutions.
Representatives from policing, the NHS, the voluntary sector and retailing came together at Nottingham’s Racecourse to discuss the impact of excessive alcohol on crime and health and the burden it places on taxpayers.
The conference, which was attended by more than 120 guests, and featured presentations from prominent national figures such as John Carnochan from the Violence Reduction Unit in Glasgow and Iain Armstrong, Alcohol Treatment and Recovery from Public Health England.
Delegates heard a broad range of perspectives and discussed possible intervention ideas piloted elsewhere in the country which could be implemented locally to reduce alcohol-related crime and ease pressure on NHS staff. Commissioner Tipping will now use the material to build his Alcohol Strategy and plans to host a number of further meetings involving criminal justice partners to establish a definitive course of action.
Commissioner Tipping said: “Getting everyone together in one room proved highly valuable in expanding our knowledge and understanding of alcohol misuse and presented a much clearer picture of the kind of challenges we are facing to divert people away from these unhealthy patterns of behaviour.
“There’s a multitude of ways to tackle alcohol abuse and if anything this conference has demonstrated how necessary it is to adopt a broad package of intervention measures rather than concentrate our efforts on a single solution.
“Alcohol-related crime undermines public confidence and exaggerates people’s perception of risk and I am determined through our work to help residents feel safer. The future management of alcohol misuse in the county will be much more joined-up as a result of this conference which means we will all be working towards the same objectives and more importantly will be utilising our combined resources in the most beneficial way.”
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Posted on Monday 1st July 2013