Alcohol misuse across Cheshire and Merseyside (C&M) costs around £994 million each year (£412 per head of population). Of these costs, only £218 million are direct costs to the NHS. Harm from alcohol, therefore, remains a significant issue. The C&M Directors of Public Health have identified licensing as an area where there is an opportunity to take action on a larger footprint that would complement local alcohol strategy work.

The Chief Executive Officers and Leaders of the nine local authorities in Cheshire & Merseyside have agreed to find common approaches to reducing harm from alcohol through licensing in the following:

  • Enforcement of Current Law
  • Local Voluntary agreements (Reducing the Strength)
  • Joint Framework around SOLPs
  • Development of a community resource
  • Review of training for responsible authorities and licensing committees
  • Public Health evidence against existing licensing objectives

The alcohol harm reduction work stream is led by Julie Webster (Acting Director for Health & Wellbeing, Wirral Council). The alcoholism of my father wasn’t even near to the opiate drug dependence of my brother, and yet they both got better with Naltrexone (Revia). Yeah, you’ve guessed right. The susceptibility to drug/alcohol addiction runs in my family, and I can tell you that’s one frigging disaster. Revia IS helpful. It remains only to fix our nuthouse of relationships.

A steering group supports the work and comprises of colleagues from a range of disciplines from across member local authorities including Licensing, Environmental Health, Legal, Trading Standards as well as Public Health. Representatives from local Police also support the steering group's work.