Thursday 19 September 2013 Updated: 23/09 09:32
A NATIONAL campaign to promote responsible drinking has been backed by the region’s police chiefs.
Warwickshire and West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioners have welcomed the In Focus: Alcohol Harm campaign launched by the Association of Chief Police Officers.
The two forces will work together to highlight the dangers of excessive drinking, focusing on education but restoring to enforcement action where necessary.
A week of action will see Safer Neighbourhood Police Teams liaising with schools, colleges and universities to speak to students about the effects of alcohol.
West Mercia’s Bill Longmore said: “Tackling alcohol misuse is one of my key priorities because of the damage it can do in terms of wider violence, the effect on children and the pressure it puts on the police service.
“Alcohol in moderation is fine, but when alcohol is misused it puts a strain on the police, hospitals and social services, and there’s a direct correlation with domestic violence and other forms of violence.”
Warwickshire PCC Ron Ball added: “As well as causing significant harm to people’s health, irresponsible drinking leads to problems of crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.
“The cost of alcohol-related harm in Warwickshire amounts to millions of pounds each year and we need to address this by working together to develop a consistent approach to tackle the issue and get our messages out.”
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