Residents in Tameside are being encouraged to join in The Big Alcohol Conversation, a major new initiative examining the scale and nature of alcohol-related harm across Greater Manchester and identifying how it can best be reduced.
Local people are being encouraged to go along to visit the tour bus at Ashton Market, Bow Street on Friday 23 November 2018 at 9am – 5pm to have their say. The aim is for people to learn more about the role of alcohol in their lives and communities, to gather their opinions on ways in which a safer approach to alcohol can be secured.
More than 22,000 Greater Manchester hospital admissions a year are directly caused by alcohol. Thousands of children across the city region are living with alcohol-dependent or binge-drinking adults which is causing them anxiety, worry and stress. Alcohol harm is reaching further into our communities than commonly recognised, with higher earners the most likely to drink beyond recommended limits.
Regularly drinking beyond 14 units a week increases the risks of a range of illnesses, such as cancers, heart and liver disease, brain damage and dementia. Harms associated with alcohol are costing Greater Manchester's public services £1.3 billion a year. Amounting to almost £500 for every resident, this is the annual amount we are paying through health, social care, crime and work costs because of the way we drink.
The Big Alcohol Conversation is running until the end of February 2019. People can get also get involved by visiting www.thebigalcoholconversation.org, using #GMbigalcoholconversation on social media.
Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney said: “The cost of alcohol to our health and wellbeing, families, communities and public services is more far reaching and damaging than many of us realise. We want people to get involved in the conversation so together we can develop an action plan to tackle the issue.”
Views gathered during the Big Alcohol Conversation will contribute to Greater Manchester’s ‘Ambition for Alcohol’, a high-level plan of action for tackling alcohol-related harm across the city region due to published during 2019.