The Big Alcohol Conversation comes from a vision to make Greater Manchester a place where everyone can have the best start in life, live well and age well, safe from the harms caused by alcohol.
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The statistics paint a stark picture. Alcohol is estimated to cause a range of harms which together cost our region around £1.3bn a year – that’s £500 for every man, woman and child.
But alcohol also plays an important part in our region’s vibrant towns and cities. Our night life is celebrated around the world. The vast majority of people who drink enjoy doing so sensibly.
We aim to reduce the harms associated with alcohol while supporting our night time economies to thrive. Achieving this is everybody’s business. We are looking for contributions from any and all people from across the area’s many thriving communities, in order to further help the one community we all care about – Greater Manchester. The Big Alcohol Conversation is your chance to have your say and help us create a new ambition for alcohol across our region.
Who we are
The Big Alcohol Conversation is being led by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, set up to oversee the devolution of our health and social care services. The partnership is made up of our local NHS organisations and councils, alongside people from NHS England & NHS Improvement, our emergency services, the voluntary sector, Healthwatch and others. Together we’re working to achieve the biggest, fastest improvement to the health and wellbeing of our region and its great citizens.
The Partnership is working with a wide network of organisations across Greater Manchester to make our conversation as large as possible. This includes the Greater Manchester Council for Voluntary Organisation and 10GM.
Main Disabling Condition
Greater Manchester rate for benefit claims where alcohol misuse is main disabling condition are 75% higher than for England.
Alcohol Related Deaths
Greater Manchester rate of alcohol-specific deaths 55% higher than for England.
Dealing With Drunkeness
76% of police officers say they have been injured dealing with drunkeness when working in night-time economy (UK stat).
Incapacity benefit Claims
Incapacity benefit claims where alcohol misuse is the main disabling condition, is 75% higher in Greater Manchester than national average.
dependent alcohol user
33,306 children live with a dependent alcohol user.
Under 18's Hospital Admissions
Rate of hospital admissions for alcohol-specific conditions in under 18s are 40% higher than England average.
25,000 hospital admissions due to alcohol-specific conditions cost Greater Manchester £48m every year.
Alcohol Related Crime
Expenditure on alcohol related crime, health, worklessness and social care costs amount to £1.bn a year - approaching £500 per resident.