The role of local alcohol services in tackling Wales’ unhealthy relationship with alcohol
Alcohol misuse continues to be a major challenge in Wales, with many regularly drinking beyond the recommended guidelines. This pattern of overuse is reflected in high levels of alcohol related illness, hospital admissions and deaths.
Unsurprisingly, given the current outlook for public spending, alcohol services in Wales have serious concerns about their own financial future. These concerns are intensified by the ongoing high levels of demand for alcohol treatment. Whilst recognising current public funding constraints, Alcohol Concern argues that the immediate and long term benefits of alcohol services to individuals, society and the public purse justify supporting, developing and investing in them.