Statistics on alcohol consumption in Britain paint a mixed picture. Figures show that overall drinking has fallen since 2004, interrupting a five-decade upward shift, and alcohol consumption by 16-24 year olds is shrinking more quickly than in the overall population. The total number of underage drinkers has reduced.
However, binge drinking is increasing and according to Government figures, alcohol contributed to almost 1 million violent crimes and 1.2 million alcohol-related hospital admissions in 2010/11 alone. The overall number of alcohol-related hospital visits doubled between 2003 and 2010.
Although some policy initiatives coupled with higher alcohol duties have helped to reduce overall consumption, it has clearly not prevented many people from bingeing – drinking at least twice the recommended daily limit.
Recognising that immediate action is needed to tackle the serious and multi-faceted problems caused by binge drinking, the Home Office published its ‘Alcohol Strategy 2012’ in March this year, setting out how the Government will work long-term with local agencies, industry and communities to counter irresponsible drinking in a sustainable way.
The intention of the Government is clear: to radically reshape the approach to alcohol and reduce the number of people drinking to excess.
This special symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for licensing authorities, local agencies, police service, health sector, drinks industry and other key stakeholders to discuss the new Alcohol Strategy and explore how to clamp down on the binge drinking culture which pervades our society.
- Assess the early impact of licensing measures that have recently come into force and discuss further powers due to be introduced later this year
- Discuss the introduction of stronger powers for local areas to control the density of licensed premises
- Consider the likely impact of the introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol
- Explore the feasibility of banning the sale of multi-buy alcohol discounting
- Share ideas on the commitment to pilot innovative sobriety schemes to challenge alcohol-related offending
View the event flyer here [PDF].
Visit the Public Policy Exchange website for further information or to reserve your place.