Harms associated with alcohol are costing Greater Manchester’s public services £1.3 billion a year. That works out as almost £500 for every resident being spent on health, social care, crime and work costs – all because of the way we drink.
And new figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the Greater Manchester rate of alcohol-specific deaths is around 50 per cent higher than the England average (15.9 deaths per 100,000 people, compared to 10.6 nationally)..
In responsive to this stark situation we’re holding The Big Alcohol Conversation, to find out more about the scale and nature of alcohol-related harm across the region and how it can be reduced.
The Big Alcohol Conversation runs until the end of February – we want to hear what you think about the effects alcohol has on you, your friends, family, and your wider community.
Sarah Price, our executive lead for population health and commissioning, said: “These figures show just how important it is that communities in Greater Manchester join in The Big Alcohol Conversation and have their say on the impacts of alcohol.
“If we are to take positive action to tackle this problem then everybody’s views will be crucial in helping us to do this.”