Partnership examines 'ugly' effects of alcohol

Winchester Community Safety Partnership is holding a conference on Friday 10 March at Sparsholt College, to look at the affects of alcohol on the community.

Delegates at the conference, entitled 'Alcohol: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly', will hear from professionals from a range of local organisations. Speakers will look at the ugly affects of excessive alcohol use, such as violent crime; a practitioner from Alcoholics Anonymous will speak about the potential dangers of excessive drinking; and practitioners will discuss good practice in managing the night-time economy.

The conference will also provide opportunity for discussion into what should be included in the partnership's second action plan. Suggestions on what alcohol related projects should be undertaken over the next year will be encouraged from everyone who attends.

Councillor Brian Collin, portfolio holder for healthy and inclusive communities, said: "The first priority in our Community Safety Strategy is to create a safe and enjoyable evening economy in Winchester. We are hoping that this alcohol conference we will go some way to addressing some of the issues around alcohol use in the evening.

"We hope to discuss other alcohol-related issues such as violence and the impacts it has on children and families. Equally, we want to encourage young adults to consider 'safer drinking' socially.

"We really will be exploring all facets of alcohol in our society - the good, the bad and the ugly."