East of England regional alcohol newsletter
The East of England has released its second regional alcohol newsletter, highlighting key news, developments and best practice in the region. The newsletter publishes findings from the Big Drink Debate, examining attitudes and behaviours of people in the region towards alcohol consumption, impacts and harms. Full findings here.
The newsletter also outlines innovative regional alcohol programmes including work to improve offender health in Bedfordshire, with the specific focus on offenders with learning disabilities and mental health issues. It also outlines work in HMP Chelmsford to pilot a peer led Alcohol Misuse, Identification and Brief Advice initiative delivered by Prisoner Health Trainer Champions. Also identified are details of the regional Alcohol Improvement Programme and 7 new projects that have been funded for the region to help deliver the key alcohol High Impact Changes.
Trendy London area now a 'saturation zone'
Clerkenwell in East London has now been deemed a 'saturation zone' to curb further growth of licensed premises. According to the local paper 'Clerkenwell attracts thousands of revellers to its 135 licensed nightspots every week - but residents claim that with the amount of alcohol on offer, people are drinking excessively and making too much noise.'
'Saturation zones' are informal names given to areas where new licensed premises are restricted through 'Cumulative Impact' policies - see here for DCMS guidance (pdf)
Other news and initiatives
Liverpool are investing in taxi marshals to reduce alcohol-fuelled disorder, according to the Liverpool Echo. Licensing officers in Dorset have rejected an application for a 24 hour alcohol home delivery service, as reported in this BBC story. Volunteer 'street pastors' who help troubled night-spot drinkers have been nominated for an award by Derbyshire police's first annual Community Achievement Awards. Police in Portsmouth have been carrying out undercover operations to catch licensed premises selling to drunk people, according to the local news.