Important new report on alcohol & emergency services published by @InstAlcStud #alcohol

Important new report on alcohol and the emergency services from UKCTAS collaborators at the Institute of Alcohol Studies!

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Press coverage:

Police call for end to 24-hour licensing over alcohol-related violence – The Guardian

24-hour booze mayhem: A&E staff, paramedics and police spend a quarter of their time dealing with drunks – Daily Mail

Summary Recommendations

Alcohol Treatment Centres:
• More widespread trialing of Alcohol Treatment Centres, and further evaluation of their effectiveness IBA.
• Full implementation of the Royal College for Emergency Medicine guidelines in Emergency Departments, including delivery of IBA and specialist alcohol teams on site.
• Greater use of IBA within the criminal justice system, administered inline with expert recommendations. These include a focus on parole, and addressing all offenders’ alcohol problems, regardless of whether their offence is alcohol-related.
• Specific guidance and the incorporation of IBA within core training for ambulance and paramedic crews.
• Further trialing of fire service public health community outreach initiatives, such as the one in Wigan, and rigorous evaluation of the effectiveness of such interventions.
Drink drive limit:
• Reduction of the drink drive limit in England and Wales to 50mg/100ml and appropriate investment in its enforcement Information Sharing between Emergency Services.
• Greater investment and effort towards data sharing between emergency
• Better application of the Act and subsequent legal guidance in practice
• Improved training and legal clarity within licensing committees.
• The introduction of locally set fees so that licensing authorities can properly recover their costs.
• The addition of a health impacts licensing objective: The ‘prevention of adverse impacts on health and wellbeing’.
• A flexible Late Night Levy targeted at specific geographic locations
• Clarified guidance for Early Morning Restriction Orders, particularly on the collection and presentation of evidence.
Alcohol affordability:
• Reintroduction of the duty escalator, ensuring that the excise duty
system appropriately addresses alcohol harm, for example, by incentivising producers to promote lower strength drinks.
• Introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol.

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