Friday, 16 October 2009

Saving children from alcohol-related harm: ending pocket-money prices in supermarklet off-licences

Brighton and Hove Council has today announced more partnership work between anti-social behaviour officers, the police, and the NHS, to try and reduce the shocking number of alcohol-related hospital admissions of children and young people.

According to figures discussed at a series of recent Sussex Police Authority meetings, ten times as many Brighton and Hove children are hospitalised through drink than the national average.

Of course I hope this initiative makes a difference.

But it won't address the key problems: alcohol being made available at pocket-money prices, particularly in supermarkets, and a simple lack of things to do for teenagers and younger people.

If we're serious about reducing alcohol-related harm to children we need a change in the law - to ban supermarkets from selling alcohol for less than it costs them - and a massive injection of cash to provide better facilities for younger people.

2 comments:

  1. It's things like this that make me vote Green. Actually trying to tackle the problems, rather than lining their own pockets, as we have found out recently from elected parties. I am resident of the Albion Hill area of Brighton and I've seen a lot of these kids on the street and grassy areas most night downing cheap booze.
    I also have an alcohol problem that will be with me for some time to come. Kids are kids and will somehow always be able to get alcohol, but reducing the amount of places selling their booze for pennies can only help keep this to a minimum. I truly believe there is no way to erradicate it entirely, but this will go some way to making sure that the kids of today won't grow up to become alcoholics like myself.
    Keep up the good work, Ben.

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  2. "pocket-money prices" are also "pension prices"!

    Can you afford to lose the silver vote who like their tipple?

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