The alcohol strategy and beyond: a DrugScope briefing for the drug sector on developments in alcohol policy

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Roberts, Marcus; Simpson, Michael
Date of publication
1 July 2012
Substance Misuse
Social welfare
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The Government's alcohol strategy contains a number of key messages and proposals, including the introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol, greater powers for local areas to tackle alcohol related issues, and stronger powers through licensing to control density of licensed premises.

There is only a very brief section in the strategy on treatment and recovery, but the Government would argue that treatment for alcohol dependency is addressed by the 2010 drug strategy. There is some discussion of mental health and offenders, and there is a recognition, if not a discussion, of the challenge of providing treatment for people with a dual diagnosis of mental health and drug and alcohol problems. The importance of providing appropriate interventions for offenders with alcohol problems and the role of prisons is also highlighted.

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