Nine years on did Sefton Unite to Tackle Alcohol Problems in Southport? (VIDEO)

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Nine years on did Sefton Unite to Tackle Alcohol Problems?

In July 2004 Representatives from the local NHS, Merseyside Police, Sefton Council and community and voluntary sectors held a summit to forge a new approach to reducing alcohol-related problems in Sefton.   The meeting followed the publication of the Government’s long-awaited national Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy.   It gave experts from different fields the chance to discuss how the strategy could help reduce the impact of heavy drinking in the borough.

Cathy Warlow, Health Improvement Co-ordinator for the Sefton Primary Care Trusts, said at the time: “Excessive alcohol consumption is at the root of many problems that can have a devastating effect on individuals, families and whole communities.   “It plays a part in poor health, crime, anti-social behaviour and lost productivity in the workplace, and is a drain on the resources of the health service, police forces and local authorities.

“The national strategy identified the need for a partnership approach to dealing with the problems, so they decided to bring the key local agencies together to discuss how to go about implementing the strategy here in Sefton.”   Inspector Steve Hall of Merseyside Police back in 2004 said: “Alcohol is a factor in many cases of crime and disorder in Sefton, sometimes with tragic consequences.

Has the implementing strategy in Southport has been a waste of time and money?

Pictured above in 2004 is local drinker Paul Chadwick who was arrested on Lord Street for being drunk in a public place.

As you can see in the video below Paul is alive and well and showing a good sense of humour. (Video taken Monday 8th April 2013)


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