The Big Issue does not only help homeless people to earn a legitimate income and access support and opportunities to rebuild their lives, it’s always well worth reading for its thought-provoking articles about a range of social issues.
This week’s edition has an article by Vicky Carroll about the UK’s binge drinking culture and its cost to society “in cash and lives”- on the financial side an estimated £21bn a year, including £11bn in crime and social disorder, £3.5bn for the NHS and £6.4bn lost to the economy. Minimum unit pricing at 50p in Scotland and 45p in England and Wales is being introduced as a measure to reduce alcohol-related deaths and hospital admissions.
Investing in specialist alcohol treatment is also desperately needed to reduce alcohol-related harm to individuals and society. For every £1 spent on specialist alcohol treatment, £5 is saved on health, welfare and crime costs. If we put money into services which help people with alcohol issues, we all benefit.
Please do everything you can to support the Dry January campaign to raise money for Alcohol Concern by sponsoring me online at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/bethanfisher and telling people about it. We’ve already got to a running total of £267 and we CAN make a real difference.