WDP, along with 30 organisations across civil society, has put its name behind a new Alcohol Charter – launched today – urging the government to reduce the damage to society caused by alcohol.
The Charter, published by the Drugs, Alcohol and Justice Cross Party Parliamentary Group and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Harm, calls for the government to publish a new evidence-based alcohol strategy to improve support for those in need, protect public health and help tackle alcohol-related crime and disorder.
The document, prepared in consultation with the Alcohol Health Alliance, Alcohol Concern, Alcohol Research UK and the Institute for Alcohol Studies, entreats policy makers to follow the recommendations of the Public Health England alcohol evidence review and urgently tackle the increased availability of cheap alcohol and empower the public to make fully informed decisions about their drinking.
The Charter calls on the government to outline concrete measures to moderate harmful drinking and address the million-plus alcohol-related hospital admissions each year in England. Without tangible counter measures alcohol is set to cost the NHS £17 billion in the next five years alone.
Yasmin Batliwala, Chair of WDP, said "WDP is proud to be a part of developing this new Charter, a vitally important document which sets out practical recommendations to help reduce the damage caused by harmful alcohol use. Our work with the Drugs, Alcohol and Justice Cross Party Parliamentary Group and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Harm has meant that we’ve had the right people in the room. We have effectively and creatively collaborated to produce this expert guidance aimed at minimising not only costs to the NHS and costs associated with alcohol-related crime, but also looking at reducing the health risks to individuals and communities across the UK.”