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Strategy Launched To Tackle Alcohol Misuse

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11:56am 19th November 2014

Dorset is joining a national campaign to tackle alcohol misuse as part of Alcohol Awareness Week.

The plans are being put together by Police and Crime Commissioners from across the country to work together to take more action on drink related crime.

Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill has signed up to the new Alcohol Working Group to push for local and national reform and to educate drinkers in order to reduce harmful behaviour.

He said: "Police and Crime Commissioners have a huge role to play, both locally and nationally in lobbying and challenging Government, partners and the industry to drive cultural change, improve legislation and improve health outcomes in relation to alcohol."

The annual cost to society of alcohol-related crime in England estimated at £11bn.

All signatory PCCs of the Plan agree to work together as a cross party group to champion and drive forward action on alcohol related crime:

- Campaigning nationally and locally for improvements to the legislative framework.

- Raising awareness and educating drinkers to drive cultural change and reduce levels of harmful behaviour.

- Working in partnership with policing, health, third sector and industry partners to deliver a joined up and effective response.

- Helping to build the evidence base on alcohol related crime and harm.

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