Big Alcohol Conversation - Stockport residents invited to have their say

On Sunday 25th November The Big Alcohol Conversation ‘Big Bus Tour’ road show will be in Stockport.

Big Alcohol Conversation - Stockport residents invited to have their say

Residents are being encouraged to come along and have their say on the role of alcohol in their communities.

The roadshow follows the launch of the Big Alcohol Conversation last week by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. This revealed that harms related to alcohol are costing the city region £1.3 billion a year through health, social care, crime and work costs. This equates to almost £500 for every resident.

The Big Alcohol Conversation is the largest engagement ever undertaken around alcohol harm in Greater Manchester. It is looking to gather the views of thousands of people across the city region, learning more about the role of alcohol in their lives and communities and their opinions on ways in which a safer and more responsible approach to alcohol can be secured, while supporting our close communities and vibrant nightlife to thrive.

Councillor Tom McGee, Stockport Council’s Cabinet member for Health said:

“Alcohol is having serious impacts on our residents and public services and is affecting rich and poor communities across Stockport. We want to hear residents their views on how we can tackle this problem together. Please come to the Roadshow in Stockport outside Redrock on Sunday 25th November between 11am- 7pm to have your say. You can also submit your views on line at www.thebigalcoholconversation.org or join the conversation on social media #GMbigalcoholconversation,”

Dr Donna Sager, Stockport’s Director of Public Health said:

“Alcohol harm is reaching further into our communities than commonly recognised, with higher earners the most likely to drink beyond recommended limits. Regularly drinking beyond 14 units a week increases the risks of a range of illnesses, such as cancers, heart and liver disease, brain damage and dementia. Many Stockport children are living with alcohol-dependent or binge-drinking adults, causing anxiety, worry and stress.”

The Big Bus Tour is just one way in which Stockport residents can join in The Big Alcohol Conversation. People can also have their say by visiting www.thebigalcoholconversation.org, using #GMbigalcoholconversation on social media, or through workshops and focus-groups being run by dozens of voluntary and community groups across the city region.

People who attend the Big Bus Tour have a chance to win £250 in shopping vouchers and pick up a free goody bag.

Views gathered during the Big Alcohol Conversation will contribute to Greater Manchester’s ‘Ambition for Alcohol’, a high-level plan of action for tackling alcohol-related harm across the city region due to published during 2019.