almost 80,000 babies in the UK are living with somebody who has a problem with alcohol
Leading substance abuse charity, AlcoHelp, together with medical professionals throughout the UK, are calling on the Government to put in place a series of measures to tackle alcohol misuse once and for all.
Every single year alcohol costs the criminal justice system £11bn; enough to keep more than 260,000 police officers on our streets. Alcohol related liver disease is also rife in the UK – over the past ten years rates in people under 30 suffering from the condition have increased by 112%.*
Worst of all our children are also at risk; almost 80,000 babies in the UK are living with somebody who has a problem with alcohol, and a fifth of all young callers to Childline are worried about the drinking of a parent.
This Friday, 5th September, AlcoHelp will be supporting the Alcohol Health Alliance’s #21billion campaign, leaning on the Government to:
1. Introduce a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol for all alcohol sales
2. Ensure at least one third of every alcohol product label should be given over to an evidence-based health warning specified by an independent regulatory body
3. Make the sale of alcohol in shops restricted to specific times of the day
4. The tax on every alcohol product should be proportionate to the volume of alcohol it contains, as per the recommendations in the AHA Health First proposals
5. Licensing authorities must be empowered to tackle alcohol-related harm by controlling the total availability of alcohol in their jurisdiction
6. All alcohol advertising and sponsorship should be prohibited
7. An independent body should be established to regulate alcohol promotion, including product and packaging design, in the interests of public health and community safety
8. The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration for drivers should be reduced to 50mg/100ml
9. All health and social care professionals should be trained to routinely provide early identification and brief alcohol advice to their clients
10. People who need support for alcohol problems should be routinely referred to specialist alcohol services for comprehensive assessment and appropriate treatment
A thunderclap encouraging those on social media to contact their MP will take place on Friday 5th September – to get involved or find out more visit www.21billion.org
Information on the statistics and where to find the infographic:
We have a useful Infographic on the harmful effects of alcohol abuse that you can display for free on your site. We've already coded the HTML so all you would need to do is paste in the code to your website. You can find the Infographic here http://www.alcohelp.com/news/article/free-infographic-in-sup...
*For a full break-down of all the stats contained within the infographic, please see the Health First: An evidence-based alcohol strategy for the UK prepared by the University of Stirling, Alcohol Health Alliance and British Liver Trust. http://www.stir.ac.uk/media/schools/management/documents/Alc...
AlcoHELP is a charity that seeks to prevent alcohol abuse through information & education.
Primarily, AlcoHELP aims to inform young people about how harmful alcohol is as a drug. Since 2004 more than 100,000 children and young people in have taken part in AlcoHELP workshops and events, gaining a greater understanding of the consequential effects of alcohol, and the dangers of alcohol abuse.
AlcoHELP are members of the Alcohol Health Alliance a select group of organisations including medical bodies, charities and alcohol health campaigners, that work together to highlight the health risks of alcohol. They were also shortlisted in The People’s Millions in West Anglia in 2013.
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