New figures from the Alcohol Health Alliance UK suggest that alcohol harm is ruining hundreds of lives of people in Chesterfield and creating additional strain on NHS services. The local MP, Toby Perkins, has pledged to do all he can to reduce alcohol harm in his constituency.
Toby said, “The alcohol and pubs industry is important to both our local and national economy and most of us will be drinking responsibly. However, there are people causing harm to themselves due to alcohol consumption and it is vital that we have the information and support locally to help reduce the risks to people’s health and ensure people are drinking at safe levels”.
The Alcohol Health Alliance UK estimate that there are 3,081 alcohol-related hospital admissions annually in Chesterfield and 60 alcohol-related deaths. The figures also show that 26% of adults in the East Midlands are drinking more than the recommended units of alcohol each week. Toby added, “Harmful levels of alcohol consumption can have a massive effect on individuals, families and our communities. I want to eradicate alcohol related violence from our streets and reduce the pressure on the police and NHS. Only 20% of dependent drinkers are receiving treatment or support following massive cuts to public health grants to local authorities and I will be pushing the Government to increase the funding for tackling alcohol harm”.