Did you know that half of all victims of violent crime think their attacker had been drinking?
It’s links like this between alcohol use and crime that have prompted Stephen to support this year’s national Alcohol Awareness Week, which starts today.
“Together, we want to raise awareness about the crime issues, health risks and social problems associated with drinking too much”, Stephen said. “As well as being linked to offending, excessive alcohol consumption can make people more vulnerable to becoming victims of crime. Alcohol-related crime is a big issue in our county, but it’s not something that can, or should, be tackled by police alone.
“I have set targets for the Chief Constable to reduce the serious violent and sexual crime associated with Norfolk’s night-time economy. I am also working closely with partner agencies to look at how alcohol use impacts on crime and disorder, and make sure we are taking preventative action, and that the resources of the right agencies are being called upon at the right time.
“Organisations like the Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Partnership do a lot of preventative work. I am pleased to be helping to fund some of that, and to join with them and Norfolk County Council this week in raising awareness of the impact that alcohol misuse can have on the health and wellbeing of individuals and the wider community.”
Did you know…?
- Half of all victims of violent crime think their attacker had been drinking
- Alcohol is the second biggest risk factor for cancer after smoking
- Over 45s are three times more likely to drink alcohol every day.