Let’s face it; Britons have something of a reputation when it comes to alcohol, and it can be easy to laugh off incidents of drunken behaviour, seeing them as simply part of the culture. However, if you’ve been involved in accidents or have suffered injuries because of your drinking, now’s the time to take action. You could be doing yourself, your loved ones and your community much more harm than you realise.
Luckily, it’s now easier than ever to take advantage of alcohol rehab programmes that can help you tackle your problem.
The strong stuff
Experts often suggest that super-strength booze has a lot to answer for when it comes to incidents of alcohol-related violence and disorder. The trouble is, it’s now so easy for consumers to get hold of very strong beers, ciders and other beverages.
One town in East Anglia has tried to curb these incidents by running a special alcohol initiative. Last September, Suffolk police launched an experiment after becoming concerned about the behaviour or drinkers who were intoxicated by super-strength beers and ciders.
Launched in Ipswich, the campaign initially saw 53 shops sign up to a pledge to stop selling such drinks. Now, 80 are signed up, equating to 65 per cent of the town’s stores.
According to Suffolk police, there has been a 49 per cent fall in so-called ‘street drinker events’. A total of 94 of these events were reported during the six months from the start of the campaign, compared with 191 during the same period a year earlier.
Meanwhile, for the year to the end of February 2013, crime in Ipswich was down by 14 per cent, while anti-social behaviour had dropped by 19 per cent.
First of its kind
Commenting on the scheme, Assistant Chief Constable Tim Newcomb said: “Six months have passed since we launched our campaign, which is the first of its kind in the UK. It is important that we now look at its effect and gauge how successful it has been in achieving the results we originally hoped for.
“Our aims at the outset were clear; significant problems associated with the sale and consumption of these drinks, for both individuals and communities had been identified, and we wanted to specifically address these. We wanted to reduce the number of stores selling these products, therefore limiting the availability of these drinks to those who are vulnerable, and to reduce the amount of crime and anti social behaviour occurring in and around off-licensed premises in the town.”
He added that “clear improvements” have been made and the campaign is helping make Ipswich a safer town. He also noted that a “significant number of police forces and public sector agencies” across Britain have been in touch to discuss the campaign.
Spotting a problem
Because of the drinking culture in the UK, it can be hard to know when you’ve crossed a line. However, if you suspect you have a problem, it could be time to seek help. The sooner you do this, the easier it may be to tackle the issue.
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