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 for our local services and communities.
The alcohol harm reduction work stream is led by Julie Webster (Director for Health & Wellbeing, Wirral Council).
The work stream is focusing on several initiatives to reduce alcohol harm with the Cheshire & Merseyside Health & Care Partnership. These include the development of a new dashboard, roll out of Fibroscanners to detect liver damage at key locations, training and pathway development.
A working group across the North is advocating for a Minimum Unit Price (MUP) of 50p for alcohol, which is led by David Parr, CEO of Halton Council. The latest research from the University of Sheffield shows that the North of England would benefit most from MUP and that almost half of the deaths and hospital admissions prevented in England would be in the North East, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber. Read the latest briefing on MUP here.
The elected member champion for MUP is Cllr Maureen McLaughlin (Warrington Borough Council).