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Alcohol policy : Reduce the harm caused by Alcohol

Why is alcohol a priority for the PCVC?

Alcohol misuse places a strain on our emergency services and a significant cost burden on society; latest estimates show that the cost of alcohol-related crime is £11bn.

Over the last decade, in around half of all violent incidents, the victim believed the offender(s) was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the offence, a proportion that increases in incidents between strangers, in the evening and night, at weekends, and in public places. This is also the case in 17% of incidents of partner abuse.

Evidence on the links between alcohol and non-violent or acquisitive crime is less well-developed; though alcohol can also be a specific factor in some offences, for example 36% of penalty notices for disorder in 2014/15 were issued for being drunk and disorderly. Alcohol also has a wider impact on communities; 18% of adults perceive people being drunk or rowdy as a very or fairly big problem in their local area.

Given the association between alcohol use and violence, reducing risky consumption is likely to be beneficial in reducing and preventing crime. The actions outlined in the Modern Crime Prevention Strategy are based on evidence that reducing the availability of alcohol, providing targeted treatment and brief advice and prevention approaches that build life skills and resilience can be effective in reducing alcohol harm. In addition, good partnership working has been found to underpin the successful implementation of interventions, and sharing data on acute harms across health, criminal justice and local authority platforms can also inform crime prevention activity.

PCVC’s policy activity

Read the policy position summary which describes the work undertaken by the PCVC in this area.

Alcohol conference group photo 17.02.2016


Read more about the work of the PCVC:

North East Reduce Alcohol Harm Conference held in Durham -



Joint letters to Parliament from the 3 North East PCCs -





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