Call for a responsible approach to alcohol

7 and 8: Street Angels and Night Marshals in York Place next to Storm...'EVERYBODY enjoys a night out on the town but it is good to know that there are a dedicated band of volunteers who are there when they are needed. Whether someone has overindulged or has become lost or injured the Street Angels are there to help. Reporter IAN DUNCAN spent time with the Street Angels to find out why they do it?
7 and 8: Street Angels and Night Marshals in York Place next to Storm...'EVERYBODY enjoys a night out on the town but it is good to know that there are a dedicated band of volunteers who are there when they are needed. Whether someone has overindulged or has become lost or injured the Street Angels are there to help. Reporter IAN DUNCAN spent time with the Street Angels to find out why they do it?

n Initiatives which have been put in place in Scarborough aimed at tackling alcohol related problems have included: extra patrols by groups such as Night Marshals and Street Angels, as well as a Street Safe Team, Aftermath Programme and plastic glasses in pubs.

A CALL is being made today for people in the Scarborough area to take a more responsible approach to alcohol and be more aware of its affects and issues.

The news comes as members of Scarborough Council’s Cabinet are set to adopt a new three-year strategy to tackle alcohol abuse – which is considered by experts to be the main issue alongside obesity damaging people’s health in the district.

Barry Graham, Scarborough’s crime reduction and anti-social behaviour co-ordinator, said that North Yorkshire was recognised as one of the worst areas in the country for young people under the age of 12 drinking alcohol but the issues were much wider.

He said that some of the issues which were alcohol related included: alcohol related crime, anti-social behaviour and affects on people’s health.

“Alcohol related crime is not just assault,” he said. “How many times have you read a court report and the mitigating speeches put forward by solicitors have said that alcohol was a contributing factor?

“It’s also about the affects it has on their families – it frequently leads to domestic incidents.”

Mr Graham added that people who had too much to drink could commit acts of anti-social behaviour as well as putting their own health at risk.

He said: “Alcohol also impacts on the community because of the resources it ties up – from the ambulance service, the local hospital and GPs. People should stick to safe limits.”

The alcohol harm reduction strategy will be introduced by Cllr Brian Simpson, the portfolio holder for safer communities, at today’s Cabinet meeting which is due to start at 10am.