Turning Point responds to Alcohol Concern’s review of Local Authority and Clinical Commissioning Groups’ strategies

News item posted: 17 March 2017

In response to Alcohol Concern's review of Local Authority and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) strategies, Selina Douglas, Managing Director for Substance Misuse services at Turning Point said;

"We welcome the results of Alcohol Concern's review of Local Authority and Clinical Commissioning Groups' (CCGs) strategies, showing that although the majority of areas are recognising the impact of alcohol misuse on the health of their local communities there is more to do to ensure that hidden harm is not ignored. The report identifies all areas need recognise alcohol is an issue and ensure that actions are put in place to tackle the negative impact of alcohol through a range of support.

We are already seeing some innovative work coming out of local areas and moves to embed alcohol within the wider public health agenda. We also hope to see best practice being shared from the local alcohol action areas that were announced by the Government in February. Over 1.2 million people are admitted to hospital each year with alcohol related conditions and as the Government's Alcohol Strategy identified, Local Authorities and CCGs could provide joint funding for alcohol interventions within hospitals.

We know that these interventions are effective. Turning Point works within a multi-disciplinary team in Sunderland Royal Hospital providing a range of interventions for people with alcohol related conditions and linking them to local community based services. In 2012 a six month evaluation showed that 57% of people who engaged in a one-off brief intervention did not return to A&E within 6 months with an alcohol related issue. It is vital that Local Authorities and CCGs continue to invest and work together to reduce the impact of alcohol misuse in their areas."