So as I have pared down my blog activity and news sources the one I repeatedly return to is Alcohol Policy UK. They wrote an excellent retrospective piece about 2016 which you can read here:
But what really struck me about this blog were the images featured at the end entitled: Selected alcohol slides from the ‘most interesting things about drugs and alcohol in 2016’ from Andrew Brown:
The top image was the first which highlighted how over half (54%) of strong ciders sold in the off-trade in England and Wales in 2015 were sold at below 20p a unit <pauses to let that sink in for a minute> so for less than the cost of a pint of milk! 🙁
Below I share the other three because visual images can be so much more impactful than words. They all tell a compelling story which as yet is not being addressed by our govt sufficiently to change the trajectory of the graphs.
The number of offences committed pre and post treatment for alcohol use disorders ……
Graphic confirmation that those with the most problems with alcohol are more likely to use the NHS …..
I’ll finish with a haunting performance from Elbow and the BBC Concert Orchestra of Guy Garvey’s ode to a friend lost to alcohol addiction – some riot.
The impact of alcohol is all too plain to see and hear to those who have eyes and ears. Shame our govt is looking the other way with its collective fingers in its ears (except perhaps Liam Byrne) …..
PS Yesterday was day 1250!