Staff at some of Stoke-on-Trent’s largest companies could be offered alcohol advice sessions in the workplace as part of efforts to cut soaring numbers of problem drinkers.
The plans will also see 20,000 handy guides distributed to people across the Potteries, which they can keep at home to measure how many alcohol units are in different drinks. GPs and nurses will help pass on the information.
Oh, great! No wonder we are being told that we can’t have life-prolonging cancer drugs – we’ve got to pay for this instead!
… the Stoke-on-Trent Safer City Partnership is to take forward a series of projects aimed at reducing alcohol misuse.
The work with employers could include screening programmes and advice sessions for their staff. And there could be other drop-in clinics or appointments offered in job centres to reach out to drinkers.
All to keep the NHS staff in work…
A new community alcohol service will also be launched in April to coordinate support for adults in need of treatment. It will bring together provision such as counselling, community detoxification work, and drugs support.
It is set to cost up to £3.87 million to run this service over the next three years, with the bulk of the funding covered by NHS Stoke-on-Trent.
And ably supported by one of those ‘cash strapped councils’ too:
Stoke-on-Trent City Council will also be contributing financially.
You mean the ratepayers of Stoke-on-Trent will be contributing financially.
The developments are outlined in a report drawn up for this Thursday’s city council cabinet meeting.
It says other preventative projects will include handing out ‘parental alcohol education packs’ to families to help them discuss alcohol misuse with their children.
There will also be work with local supermarkets to promote responsible alcohol sales.
This will be backed up by campaigns to reduce the number of youngsters buying alcohol ‘by proxy’ in shops.
And all maternity staff will be offered training in alcohol awareness to help prevent babies being born with alcohol-related disorders.
The cost to human life and well-being is just part of the equation.
Suzie Kelly, alcohol programme lead for the Safer City Partnership, said: “The financial strain that alcohol has on the economy is stark.”
And yet seemingly not offset by the huge duty and VAT amounts that it’s purchase yields.
It’s almost as if all that money is going elsewhere, isn’t it?