Support the Alcohol Charter during this year’s Alcohol Awareness Week
This week is Alcohol Awareness Week and the theme is “CHANGE”. Across the country, GPs, hospitals, community groups, shops, workplaces and more will be running events and campaigns raising awareness of alcohol and the thousands of lives damaged by it. With this year’s focus on change, this week also presents a unique opportunity to talk openly and frankly about alcohol and to call for change, whether it is at the individual or system-wide level.
One week will fly by, but unfortunately the harm that alcohol inflicts on society will persist. There will be 1.2 million alcohol-linked cancer cases in the next 10 years and alcohol is set to cost the NHS £17 billion in the next five years.
That’s why earlier this year we supported the release of the Alcohol Charter, published by the Drugs, Alcohol & Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Harm. Prepared in consultation with the AHA, Alcohol Concern, Alcohol Research UK and the Institute for Alcohol Studies, the Charter has now received the support of over 30 civic organisations. This Charter sets out realistic and workable demands focusing on the need for improved support for those in need, protecting public health and a sharper focus on alcohol–related crime and disorder. If adopted, the Charter’s demands have the potential to bring about real, positive and sustainable change for society.
So, in keeping with this year’s theme of change, we are hoping to raise awareness of the Alcohol Charter throughout the week and emphasise the urgency of action required by government to adopt it in their anticipated Alcohol Strategy. Please like, share and comment to show support and add your voice to the growing call for change!
You can read the Alcohol Charter and find out more about our partners and supporters here.