DoH programme to tackle alcohol hotspots

Areas in England worst hit by alcohol misuse are to receive greater support as part of a £6m DoH programme.

The programme will establish regional alcohol managers to push forward alcohol treatment and advice at a local level and help to pull together local information on statistics, hospital admissions and medical conditions to help treatment commissioners.

The programme will also help to increase access to specialist treatment and push out simple advice on reducing alcohol levels.

Health minister Dawn Primarolo said:  ‘Starting with the most deprived areas in inequality hotspots, we are going to roll out a programme which will identify and help drinkers who are at risk. For every pound spent on alcohol intervention, five pounds are saved by the public purse, so this is money well spent.’

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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