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'Know your limits': Durham Commissioner promotes responsible drinking

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'Know your limits': Durham Commissioner promotes responsible drinking

Enjoy the festive season, but be 'alcohol aware', is the message from Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Tackling the harm caused to individuals and communities by alcohol and drugs is one of the PCC's policing priorities that he has tasked the Chief Constable to focus on.

Last week, Mr Hogg, along with the PCCs for Cleveland and Northumbria wrote a public letter criticising the Government for its lack of action, or response, to introduce a Minimum Unit Price for alcohol.

Mr Hogg said: "Drinking cheap, high strength alcohol bought in supermarkets and consumed at home is recognised as a cause for concern and has encouraged high levels of intoxication whilst lowering the demand for alcohol in licensed premises. As a result of this County Durham and Darlington has seen a decline in the Night Time Economy in recent years."

Discussing the link between alcohol and domestic violence, Mr Hogg said:

"When people choose to drink at home there are fewer controls compared to in licensed premises. The links nationally between alcohol consumption and domestic violence are well established and Durham Constabulary have undertaken a great deal of work in identifying at an early stage those at risk of offending.

"The festive season can be a great opportunity to relax, have fun and enjoy time with family and friends. However, I urge people to be aware of their alcohol limits and look out for each other, particularly for those who may become vulnerable and are most at risk."

Posted on Monday 23rd December 2013
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